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AMAC – Court Rules That Obamacare’s Contraception Provision Must be Amended to Protect Religious Freedom

Administration must rewrite the mandate to ensure religious institutions have a right to practice what they preach’ –

BOHEMIA, NY, Dec 21 – “Our members and many others who rallied to protect Religious Freedom this week won a preliminary victory when a federal court told the Obama administration to rewrite the health care law’s contraception mandate,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

The mandate would force religious institutions to pay for certain employee contraception and abortion costs even though it would force them to ignore their established teachings.  “The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling that the administration must rewrite the mandate to ensure religious institutions have a right to practice what they preach.  It was a victory not just for church-based organizations but for all who believe and want to protect all of the rights guaranteed in our Constitution.”

Weber explained that Wheaton College and The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty were among dozens of church organizations that sued the government over the mandate.  Many non-affiliated organizations, including AMAC, offered direct and indirect support.

“Apparently we made it too hot of an issue for the government and so during oral arguments the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius relented and promised the mandate would be amended.  But the court wanted more than promises.  It ruled that the administration must rewrite the Obamacare provision by August 2013.  In addition, the court demanded that the government provide progress reports every 60 days in the interim.”

Kyle Duncan, who argued the case for the Becket Fund put it this way: “The D.C. Circuit has now made it clear that government promises and press conferences are not enough to protect religious freedom.  The court is not going to let the government slide by on non-binding promises to fix the problem down the road.”

Weber said that the ruling is an example of how powerful individuals can be when they band together for a common cause.  “In this case, the cause is the protection of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the Association of Mature American Citizens is proud to have played a small role in achieving this first win.  We recognize that we have a long way to go before we get a final resolution to this controversial issue.  But, with the support of our members, we will not give in until we have won this fight decisively.”

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Please contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or jpgrimaldi@verizon.net to set up a chat. 

ABOUT AMAC

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.

 

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44 Comments on "AMAC – Court Rules That Obamacare’s Contraception Provision Must be Amended to Protect Religious Freedom"

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Miller
3 years 8 months ago

There are too many stupid idiots selling thier souls and freedom for a free government handout. They have their noses stuck so far up up obama’s but if he makes a quick turn it will break their nose.

Jacquueline W
3 years 8 months ago
I am British born and raised and grew up with Government run healthcare. Believe me, you don’t want it. All my family is still in the UK. Ten years ago my mother was diagnosed with blocked carotid (neck) arteries. She was 73 at the time. I visited the doctor with her as I was back home at the time. He was an Indian doctor, as the majority of them are in England. (Please don’t imagine for one minute that Doc Martin is in any way typical of England’s Health Service). Anyway, Dr. Patel told my Mom in no uncertain terms that basically she was too old at 73 for carotid surgery. Mom lived with being dizzy for four more years and at 77 died of a massive stroke. I tried to intervene but got nowhere. In retrospect, I wish I had brought her to America for surgery. She might be… Read more »
Terri
3 years 7 months ago

Everyone keeps telling us to “wake up”. Well, lots of us ARE INDEED AWAKE, but have absolutely NO CONTROL over the idiots in Washington. You right, you call, you fax, you text, to ABSOLUTLEY NO AVAIL.

Elections do indeed have consequences, and we will all pay for the ignorant that HAVE voted for this man that is slowly making a mess of the Country. The election was partly the fault of the ignorant, and partly the fraudulent voting results that NO ONE has courage to confront.

ACR
3 years 7 months ago

Thanks Terri for telling it like it is.

Paul
3 years 8 months ago

I am Jewish, my Internist found I have blood cloths in my left leg. Without thinking I went to St. Francis Hospital for the treatment. It happen to be the best hospital for heart and vascular problems in New York State. I am 75 years old. I am on medication now and my Internist is monitoring my well being on a weekly bases. It did not bother me that the cross was on the wall in my room in the hospital. After all Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi from Nazareth, and I have often looked up to the Cross while I was in the hospital, needless to say I don’t want Obamacare

Marcella A Dellaposta
3 years 7 months ago

Paul, It is not real Jews like you that are the problem. It is the atheists, who worship money and have Marxist leanings that are the problem. They will stop at nothing until they have all the money and total control. They could not win an election honestly and use the names of people long dead and the welfare crowd to get into office. We should sue for two things– to have the voting rolls purged and to begin again with registration of only those people not dependent for their livelihood on the government. The founding fathers did not give them the right to vote and neither should we allow it.

Pam
3 years 7 months ago
Marcella, your points seem to refer to Democrats and the left. Please don’t paint all atheists with the same brush. Just as all Christians and Jews are not ‘good’, all atheists are not ‘bad’. Atheism is simply a non-belief in a divine being. Some seem to be driven by hate and anti-Christianity and I find them as objectionable and vile as you do, but we are not all that way. Their hate mongering messages do not speak for us all! I am a staunch Conservative. I do not believe in abortion. I have no problem with “in God we trust” on our money, or children saying the Lord’s prayer in the morning at school. I sent my daughter to a Christian school and the headmistress was aware of my non-belief, but in spite of it we carved a friendly relationship and I spent many hours volunteering at the school. Our… Read more »
PaulE
3 years 8 months ago

Very eloquently said. I too have relatives in Europe that have “enjoyed” the wonderful benefits of socialized medicine you described.

DrJCA1
3 years 8 months ago

The only way we will ever get right in America is to divide us up into two countries, one liberal and one conservative. Then in a decade or two, we can see who does better. We are so split, so corrupt, so greedy, and so “holier-than-thou”, that we will never be whole again. The extremist freaks on both sides have hijacked whatever remains of a decent nation.

Paul
3 years 8 months ago

We need TERM LIMIT for our representatives. First term in Office the second in jail. Also no lawyers can have a political office

jean
3 years 8 months ago

It’s interesting that nothing about this has been seen in any news reports on websites such as aol or yahoo. Wonder why? Contradictory to their thinking? One thing I must admit, I think birth control is not a bad idea, especially for obama supporters, although the welfare group will not use it, only the sandra fluke group of sluts, which we don’t want to reproduce anyhow. Abortion is another matter – abortion should by not, by any means, be supported by government funds – or any funds.

Terri
3 years 7 months ago

And…..the strong hand of the government will either force us to pay for abortions, or charge an outrageous fee if we do not comply. A fee so unattainable, that it will force many to close their doors or compromise their principles and pay for abortion.

Hobby Lobby is one such organization that has been fighting this HHS Mandate in Court. Unfortunately the ruling has come down that they must comply with paying for contraception, abortion inducing drugs, and sterilization. They plan to take their chances and see what kind of a fee they actually get hit with.

This is TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. It is against our first freedom…..freedom of religion. When we loose that, we will eventually LOOSE EVERYTHING.

Travelassie
3 years 7 months ago

Jean, I don’t believe there’s even been any mention of the religious organizations’ lawsuit against the federal government for violation of their religious freedom in any of the mainstream media outlets. As I see it, that just goes along with their hero worship of the Man-Child in Chief…..Can’t have anything that smacks of criticism of their hero or anything he does, y’know.

We can bring up the topic on those forums, with links, but dollar to donuts our posts will be deleted. It’s worth a try anyway.

Dee
3 years 8 months ago

Food for thought. Anyone who is reading this should read the article on Spain. It will enlighten you.This is all no joke. This is REAL!

Dee
3 years 8 months ago
The comment by Joana is all true. I just retired after more than 23 years in Medical Billing and Insurance. But this Bill involves more then Health Care if anybody wants to take a close look at it. The whole thing needs to be done away with. A health care bill should be done in an honest and forth right way for the good of all the people and be just about Health Care. It should not have every tax they can think of or any way they can get more of a percentage of what income we have left.underhandedly put in it. If what they call the rich are discouraged to stay in the USA and upgrade their businesses, increase their productivity and therefore produce more jobs, then we all might as well forget it. The suppose to be middle class can not spend what they use to without… Read more »
MaryAnn
3 years 7 months ago
You stated “we are ready to go over the financial cliff” We’re already over it. Bill Clinton, for all of his faults, did leave the nation headed in the direction of balanced budgets and financial stability. He was better about controlling the invasion of the US than George I or Obama. It’s these past twelve years that have brought the US to a point that seems beyond redemption, ethically, economically, or as a free, constitutional nation. Why is no one in DC saying no more government expenditures for non-citizens? Where’s the outrage that the “Dream Act” gives jobs to non-citizens, while the feckless hypocrites in DC “have to extend unemployment benefits” (hint: give them the jobs that non-citizens are filling). Why are we still draining our economy fighting and encouraging wars to annihilate global civilization? Why when “cave-man” Boehner sold us out and increased the debt limit did no one… Read more »
PaulE
3 years 8 months ago

Hi Dee,

I have tried to reply to your post, but this site continues to have problems with postings.

PaulE
3 years 8 months ago
Hi Dee, ObamaCare wasn’t a healthcare bill. That was merely the pretext for the government to enact a whole host of new taxes, take over the entire healthcare industry, massively increase federal government oversight into anything even remotely associated with healthcare and finally serve as phase one of a plan to move us towards the same universal healthcare horror show enjoyed by our European friends. The one where you get to wait weeks or months to see a doctor and then the doctor has to follow the guidelines for treatment laid out by the government. In short, ObamaCare was merely part of the vehicle to move this country from a Constitutional Republic to a European style socialist state. ObamaCare, by the way, isn’t supposed to work. That still seems to be a common misperception of much of the public. If ObamaCare was intended to work, it would have been designed… Read more »
PaulE
3 years 8 months ago
Hi Dee, ObamaCare wasn’t a healthcare bill. That was merely the pretext for the government to enact a whole host of new taxes, take over the entire healthcare industry, massively increase federal government oversight into anything even remotely associated with healthcare and finally serve as phase one of a plan to move us towards the same universal healthcare horror show enjoyed by our European friends. The one where you get to wait weeks or months to see a doctor and then the doctor has to follow the guidelines for treatment laid out by the government. ObamaCare isn’t supposed to work. It’s supposed to cause so much pain and anguish, that the people demand the government fix it. That is when phase two kicks in. The fix the government will impose will be European style universal healthcare with all the problems that system has. You are correct in your analysis of… Read more »
Paul
3 years 8 months ago

1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell

PaulE
3 years 8 months ago

Please resolve the posting issues with your web site. Thank you.

Janie
3 years 8 months ago

Joana,
Your comments are great and I sense your frustration with them not being printed. My experience with any type of comment section is that you’re limited word wise. Perhaps that is what happened with the delay. Luckily it has now appear a couple of times. I do have a suggestion. You’re a very well informed and excellent writer. If I were you, I’d contact Dan Weber and see about writing some afrticles for AMAC or becoming an Ambassador. I think that you have alot to share with folks.

MARY
3 years 8 months ago
It is about time the court ruled in the majority of the American peoples decision….;;What gives with the courts…?? I have even given up on the Supreme Court…; When at one time I really thought they cared about their decisions ….Not any more…!! To say Obamacare is constituuional is one big JOKE…….!!!!! NO politician ( even the President )has any right to tell the American people they have to have certain health care and also pay for contraception for people who can afford it themselves….especially when one does not believe in abortion….that is going tooooooo far….!! The demorats…..are in full step with this bull…..and it is one big shame.. WE HAVE A CONSTITUTION IN THIS COUNTRY AND ALTHOUGH MANY ARE TRYING THEIR DAMNDEST TO IGNORE IT OR DESTROY IT…….THEY WILL NEVER ACCOMPLISH IT…; THEY SHOULD BE IMPEACHED FIRST… AND I PRAY THAT DAY IS NOT FAR OFF….. The Demorats are… Read more »
Marcella A Dellaposta
3 years 7 months ago

Mary,
The Democratic party is the new American Marxist party. It is not even one step above.

Kay Olson
3 years 8 months ago

What can we do as an ordinary American citizen to fight this

Oly Olson
3 years 8 months ago

Why is it that only when there is a MAJOR issue that people/conservative organizations get involved? We have a broken ‘gubmint’ that is bent on destroying our relationship with the Constitution, but a ‘small voice in the wilderness’ cannot be heard over the brayings of the ‘entitled’.

Doug
3 years 8 months ago

If the group was so powerful then why wasn’t the entire mandate of forced healthcare insurance and free market intrusion struck down. Stop patting yourself on the back.

Robert
3 years 8 months ago

Who, other than yourself, claimed that the group was “so powerful”? HHhhmmm? Doug, Doug, Doug; learn to read a bit closer.

Bob
3 years 8 months ago

We should be happy with what we can get in dealing with this administration in Washington. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

David Rogers
3 years 8 months ago

Cecil – AARP will refund the unused portion of your dues if you write and demand it. It worked for me.

celli
3 years 8 months ago

What great news and a welcome victory. Congratulations to all the plaintiffs.

Nancy
3 years 8 months ago

This is great, but why wait until August of 2013. It doesn’t take eight months to rewrite a few lines. A good half-day should do it. The lazy overpaid government is allowed too much leeway. Idle minds are the devil’s workshop and minds in Washington are too idle concerning the good of all the people.

Carol
3 years 8 months ago

It is exciting to have some news of positive actions and Americans standing up for our rights. We must all be active in this mission of informing others and getting support of the people to take back our country. Truth and honor will win this battle of lies and deceit.

cecil
3 years 8 months ago

Am glad to be a member or AMAC. Was and still a member of AARP until 2017 when my membership will expire.

hamilton
3 years 8 months ago

suggest you get a refund from the organization that enabled Obamacare to pass!!

ACR
3 years 7 months ago

Good!!! idea!!!

Robert
3 years 8 months ago

Keep up the good work, AMAC is a great organaization and alternative to AARP,

Chuck
3 years 8 months ago

AMAC is truly a viable alternative for mature Americans (Senior Citizens) to have our interests to be heard and protected. Please continue the good work and please feel free to let us know how we can get more Seniors to realize that they do have a choice on how their dues are being spent.

Joana Livoti
3 years 8 months ago
4th try… you have not posted my comment… why have you not posted it… here it is again… Third time I have typed in a comment that you have not posted… here it is again. Why are you not posting my comment… here it is again! Yes, the Obamacare Contraception Mandate must be repealed as it infringes upon our Religious Freedom and this must never happen. However, the battle should have been addressed and fought from the beginning addressing the demise of the Sanctity of Human Life from Conception until Natural Death under Obamacare. However, Obamacare must be entirely RESCINDED/STOPPED/LAID to rest as it encompasses infringing upon the right to life of all Americans from the baby in the womb, to the infant, to children, youth, middle aged, elderly. Obamacare embraces “comparative effectiveness” … diagnosis tests, treatment and medical care only to be given to those they deem worthy of… Read more »
PaulE
3 years 8 months ago
Hi Joana, Your post does a very good job of articulating some of the inherent hypocrisy and subjective nature of ObamaCare. It is a terrible law and will have devastating consequences for our entire healthcare system as its implementation progresses. Many doctors will simply choose to leave the profession, as the regulatory and expense burdens of ObamaCare consume far too much of both their time and personal finances to justify their continuing to practice medicine. Hospitals will also experience many negative effects of ObamaCare, as the government increasingly dictates which procedures to use and how they are to be performed. Finally, patients will be on the receiving end of a overall lower quality of healthcare, with longer wait times, higher costs and greater mortality rates. You have to remember that ObamaCare was not about improving the quality of healthcare or reducing costs to the individual. We already had the best… Read more »
PaulE
3 years 8 months ago
Hi Joana, Your post does a very good job of articulating some of the inherent hypocrisy and subjective nature of ObamaCare. It is a terrible law and will have devastating consequences for our entire healthcare system as its implementation progresses. Many doctors will simply choose to leave the profession, as the regulatory and expense burdens of ObamaCare consume far too much of both their time and personal finances to justify their continuing to practice medicine. Hospitals will also experience many negative effects of ObamaCare, as the government increasingly dictates which procedures to use and how they are to be performed. Finally, patients will be on the receiving end of a overall lower quality of healthcare, with longer wait times, higher costs and greater mortality rates. You have to remember that ObamaCare was not about improving the quality of healthcare or reducing costs to the individual. We already had the best… Read more »
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