ObamaCare Intrudes on Religious Freedom

To the Catholic Left, I say…..I told you so!

On January 20th, Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s secretary of  Health and Human Services announced that government will indeed be forcing all American institutions to provide health care plans that cover contraceptives and sterilization, free of charge. There will be no exemptions for religious freedom.

All faith-based communities including Catholic charities, Catholic diocese and Catholic schools will be forced to comply with this ObamaCare Mandate or pay heavy penalties. Needless to say, there is outrage in the Catholic community.

Catholic News Service reports Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the Obama administration had “drawn an unprecedented line in the sand” with the decision.

Back in 2009, when I was very actively fighting ObamaCare, I was very dismayed that leaders in the Central Florida Catholic community, like Bishop Thomas Wenski, pushed for this progressive reform of health care that centered on social justice rather than affordability.

As a tea party activist, I am in no way surprised we have arrived at this point. In fact, I stood in the congressional office of Alan Grayson and discussed with him what would happen to Catholic hospitals under ObamaCare. He did not disagree with me. They would be forced to comply or they would close.

I hope that my Christian friends now realize that Obama is no friend of the faithful. Perhaps this time when he mocks you for “clinging to your Bible”, you will understand he is serious.

Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a bill to repeal this intrusive mandate. We need to get our other U.S. Senator to support this as well.  Call Senator Bill Nelson at (202)224-5274 and ask him to support the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 introduced by Marco Rubio.

From Marco Rubio’s website:

Rubio: “This is a common sense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so.”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, a bill to repeal a new ObamaCare mandate that violates the religious liberties and conscience rights of faith-based institutions by forcing them to offer employees insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized a new mandate that would require most church-affiliated organizations to offer their workers private insurance coverage without out-of-pocket charges for birth control.  The administration ignored efforts by numerous faith-based organizations to be granted an exemption on religious grounds.

“The Obama Administration’s obsession with forcing mandates on the American people has now reached a new low by violating the conscience rights and religious liberties of our people,” said Rubio.  “Under this President, we have a government that has grown too big, too costly and now even more overbearing by forcing religious entities to abandon their beliefs.  This is a common sense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so.”

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