Staver: ‘Congress exceeded its power by forcing every employer to provide federally mandated insurance’

“Congress exceeded its power by forcing every employer to provide federally mandated insurance. But even more shocking is the abortion … Continued

“Congress exceeded its power by forcing every employer to provide federally mandated insurance. But even more shocking is the abortion mandate, which collides with religious freedom and the rights of conscience.”

Mathew Staver, Liberty Counsel lawyer, on the motivation behind Liberty University’s lawsuit against the Obama administration’s health-care law.

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Amy Brighton from Medina, Ohio, who opposes health care reform, rallies in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2012, as the court continues arguments on the health care law signed by President Obama.

  • pan8v

    Staver you are dead wrong. The Supreme Court even said it is legal, a tax, but legal, get over yourself. I wont even get into the “religious persecution” that is so convenient to hide behind.

  • SODDI

    Religious people have consciences of convenience.

  • morphex

    Paying for an employee’s health insurance that covers constraception and abortion is no more a violation of the employer’s conscience than is payment out of his or her earnings for the same medical procedure. The Catholic Church in the United States, led, in this case, by New York’s Dolan, used the mandate to divert attention from that church’s sexual abuse scandals, which, a we all know, were of decades long duration and were covered up, and some may still be covered up. The question of insurance for employees is a red herring of the malodorous.

  • Watcher1

    Check out “Conspiracy of Silence”.

  • WmarkW

    Would you make the same argument for the right of an employer who’s a Jehovah’s Witness to non-cover surgery requiring blood transfusion?

    The limits religion places on medicine has to be made by patients in consultation with the medical and spiritual advisors; not through the filter of their employer’s economic power over them.

  • Horseangel

    Oh, Please! Take your religious dogma and get it out of my government. I don’t want to live in a theocracy. If a health insurance benefit doesn’t do it for you and your beliefs, don’t use it. Why don’t you go pray about this?

  • Jeroboam

    A government that makes good on its promise to allow the free exercise of religion isn’t a theocracy.

  • chippedham

    The church would like you to believe that having health insurance forces women to have abortions. If the women didn’t want the abortion in the first place, this wouldn’t be an issue. But if they do want it, as is their right to make choices about their health, then the law says that their health insurance has to cover it. The problem for the church is that their employees and congregations are in charge of their choices, not the church.

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