Is anybody happy with Obamacare?
President Barack Obama's signature legislation is in trouble. Catholics and Evangelicals are united in their objections that it forces Christians to pay for services they find repugnant and immoral. But they're not the only ones who are unhappy.
Christian business owners have taken this issue to the high court as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. v. Sebelius, a case challenging the Obama administration over whether a company must pay for birth control drugs that conflict with an owner’s religious beliefs. Additional cases, which challenge the Affordable Care Act, include Indiana v. IRS and Pruitt v. Sebelius, which take issue with the “Employer Mandate”.
“The President’s health care law made it to the Supreme Court once before,” writes Perkins, “but Americans are hoping for a different outcome this time around. While Congress sorts out the legislative chaos, it looks like the high court will be taking its second crack at Obamacare to find out ‘if you like your freedom, can you keep it?’
“This time around,” writes Perkins, “the justices will hear two of the most important religious liberty cases in American history as they relate to the President’s abortion-contraception mandate. At issue is whether faith-loving Americans will have to pay for drugs or procedures they morally oppose as a price of doing business.
“Of the more than 84 lawsuits filed against the mandate, the Supreme Court will hear the arguments of a pair of family-owned businesses: Hobby Lobby (with its 13,000 employees) and Conestoga Wood Specialties (with 950 employees). Together, they represent two of the hundreds of companies that have been ordered by the government to compromise their pro-life beliefs or face crippling (and potentially business-ending) fines.
“Apparently, the Obama administration thinks it found some fine print in the U.S. Constitution that somehow disqualifies business owners from the First Amendment,” says Perkins.
“Imagine if we were to sit down with the Pilgrims at that first Thanksgiving table. It might surprise them to learn that their future government doesn’t think they’re entitled to religious freedom in their daily toil,” writes Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom. “Today, in the view of our government, anyway, freedom means keeping your faith — as long as you keep it to yourself.”