Time is quickly running out before the full implementation of the coercive “HHS mandate” of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) which forces individuals and organizations to provide insurance coverage and services in violation of their strongly held religious and moral beliefs. The Obama Administration has repeatedly proved it is unwilling to offer a sufficient solution to the serious problem it has created. However, Congress can enact legislation to restore our freedom of conscience.
Tell Congress that any “must pass” legislation needs to include the conscience protections in the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940).
The bedrock American principle of freedom of conscience is jeopardized by the anti-life mandates imposed by the Obama Administration’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Many private health insurance plans are already being impacted by the coercive HHS mandate and the “safe-harbor” for certain religious and non-profits is set to expire August 1.
The Health Care Conscience Rights Act is an appropriate and necessary tool to restore legal protections for conscience that have been eviscerated by the anti-life mandates imposed by the Obama Administration’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Critically, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act also provides a much-needed, private right of action to existing federal laws protecting the freedom of conscience of healthcare providers. Cases like that of Cathy DeCarlo (a New York nurse forced to participate in a late-term abortion), the uncertainty created by the Obama Administration’s partial rescission of President George W. Bush’s conscience regulations, and an emerging pattern of discrimination by the Department of Health and Human Services all underscore the need to write into the law an adequate enforcement mechanism for laws protecting conscience.
Congress must act now to enact the Health Care Conscience Rights Act and restore the principle that this country was built upon: the right to be free from government coercion.
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