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7/3/2013 (9 months ago)

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Say goodbye to freedom of religion.

It's decision time for Christians who say they support life and religious freedom. The Department of Health and Human Services  released the final text of the Obamacare mandate that requires healthcare plans to provide free contraception, sterilizations, abortifacients, and abortion-inducing drugs.

Despite protests, the mandate will be enforced. Decision time has arrived.

Despite protests, the mandate will be enforced. Decision time has arrived.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/3/2013 (9 months ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Obamacare, abortion, mandate, individual, insurance, cost, conscience


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The HHS was thorough. Virtually every kind of conceivable contraceptive, abortifacient, and abortion device, drug, and procedure is covered by the provision.

What's not included?

Your right to religious freedom.

Catholics and other Christians as well as anyone with a religious conscience will now have to start paying for health insurance plans that provide free contraception, sterilization, abortifacients, and abortion-inducing drugs to women at will.

This makes anyone who pays for these plans complicit in mass murder.

The Obama administration hopes that individuals are able to quell their conscience sufficiently to pay up, or fear the penalties enough to comply without raising anymore fuss. However, several lawsuits are pending in a bid to defend the religious freedom of all.

There are what the Obama administration calls "accommodations" in the law for certain organizations, bnt the exemption is very narrow and is more of a linguistic slight-of-hand than a true exemption.

Religious, non-profit organizations that promote themselves as such are "eligible organizations" that can apply to the IRS for exemption. If they do manage to secure an exemption, then the insurance company will be required to cover the difference. Naturally, the money for this coverage will not come out of their profits. Instead, it will anticipate these costs and build them into premiums and other costs they compel clients to pay.

Someone has to pay, and no matter what, it will be you.

Insurance companies notably do not have the option to opt out of such provisions either. For example, a Catholic university could not contract with a Catholic insurer to protect themselves. The insurance company would be compelled to pay, even if the university were exempt.

All of this will be overseen by the IRS, a department due to be headed by nobody less than Lois Lerner, although that may now change. Lois Lerner has been promoted to the department that oversees business compliance with Obamacare regulations.

Lerner is currently under Congressional investigation for her alleged role in the IRS harassment of conservative organizations that were applying for non-profit status.

So, the law of the land has been issued and all that's left are to pay and obey.

What decision will you make?

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