The decision to uphold Obamacare has opened up a can of worms that many legal analysts and policy experts have been desperately trying to contain. On Friday, July 5th Jennifer Marshall of the Heritage Foundation hosted an online chat session to discuss the problems with the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, a provision of the healthcare reform act, which requires insurance companies to cover abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilization procedures.
“The HHS mandate affects groups of all faiths and should be of great concern to all Americans,” Marshall, who is the Director of Domestic Policy Studies, said. “If the government can trample on religious freedom, all freedoms are threatened.”
Fortunately, many Americans are refusing to be stepped on by the government. There have been 23 lawsuits filed in federal court involving 56 plaintiffs, such as private charities, Protestant and Catholic colleges, and family businesses. In her online chat session, Marshall also touched on a July 21st– July 4th event known as “Fortnight for Freedom,” characterized by a celebration of religious liberty and a refusal to let that liberty be infringed upon by government intervention.
“Across the country, many religious congregations joined in special services and in praying for the country,” Marshall said. “Individuals and organizations called attention to the importance of defending religious liberty against erosion through new and traditional media.”
The fight against religious discrimination is no easy battle. Even if Obamacare does get repealed, federal agencies will attempt to push their anti-religious agenda on liberty-minded Americans. Organizations such as the Heritage Foundation are instrumental in buffering this threat and offering protection from bureaucratic overreach.
“The Heritage vision for health care reform would put decision-making authority where it belongs, in the hands of Americans, and rein in bureaucracy,” Marshall said.
This HHS mandate is not only a threat against religious liberty, but it also undermines our American heritage. It’s time people took a double dose of reality and think about where we came from and where we are going as a nation.