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By Richard O Teal
Goldendale 

New health care law attack on freedom

Letter to the Editor

 


To the Editor:

When the Obama administration’s healthcare financing plan was signed into law, President Obama and Congress promised that funds under the new law would not cover abortions.

This has now proven to be empty rhetoric.

Why? Because the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has mandated that under the health care law, private health insurance plans must cover the “full range of FDA approved contraception”—in which category HHS explicitly included the abortion-inducing drug Ella.

This mandate includes a so-called “religious employer exemption,” yet the exemption is so narrowly defined that most religious schools, colleges, hospitals, and charitable organizations serving the public do not qualify. Even an expanded definition of “religious employer” would fail to protect non-religiously affiliated health insurers whose pro-life consciences are nonetheless violated.

This is an unprecedented attack on the freedom of conscience of millions of Americans, eviscerating their freedom of choice to purchase private insurance that does not violate their ethical, moral, or religious objections. I hope all readers will contact their elected representatives in Washington, D.C., and voice outrage over this anti-life mandate.

 

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