The insurance mandate goes into effect August 1

The Obamacare mandate that requires pro-life institutions and business owners to provide insurance for their employees that gives free contraceptives and abortion drugs goes into effect this Wednesday, August 1.  Perhaps you didn’t realize this was so imminent.

On Friday, a court is scheduled to issue a ruling on the case, which might overturn the mandate or might affirm it.

 

August 1: The Day the U.S. Definition of Religious Freedom Changes – By Kathryn Jean Lopez – The Corner – National Review Online.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Just to be clear. Isn’t it true that any subsequent Congress may at any time rescind the requirement that any or all insurance programs provide free contraception coverage? So, basically presidential and congressional candidates could promise to introduce/sponsor/promote etc., a one page bill that would eliminate the mandate and make it optional for any program or company.

    Isn’t that right?

    I mean 100% of the health care law is arbitrary, so they could just arbitrarily decide that contraceptive coverage is going to be optional.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Just to be clear. Isn’t it true that any subsequent Congress may at any time rescind the requirement that any or all insurance programs provide free contraception coverage? So, basically presidential and congressional candidates could promise to introduce/sponsor/promote etc., a one page bill that would eliminate the mandate and make it optional for any program or company.

    Isn’t that right?

    I mean 100% of the health care law is arbitrary, so they could just arbitrarily decide that contraceptive coverage is going to be optional.

  • formerly just steve

    I don’t run the gas chambers and I don’t take anyone to the gas chambers so my conscience is not being violated. Why should I care?

  • formerly just steve

    I don’t run the gas chambers and I don’t take anyone to the gas chambers so my conscience is not being violated. Why should I care?

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Let’s see what happens. Let’s make a stand if necessary, and thank God in heaven if it’s not necessary. Either way, God is sovereign, and we are called to obey.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Let’s see what happens. Let’s make a stand if necessary, and thank God in heaven if it’s not necessary. Either way, God is sovereign, and we are called to obey.

  • rlewer

    Another issue is whether the administrative branch of government can pass laws. Congress deliberately did not put this in and the administration promised not to include it. Nevertheless, a bureaucratic panel made this a law.

    It too many cases Congress writes “laws” and lets the bureaucrats fill in the blanks.

    This is a serious constitutional issue which applies to many things.

  • rlewer

    Another issue is whether the administrative branch of government can pass laws. Congress deliberately did not put this in and the administration promised not to include it. Nevertheless, a bureaucratic panel made this a law.

    It too many cases Congress writes “laws” and lets the bureaucrats fill in the blanks.

    This is a serious constitutional issue which applies to many things.

  • Fws

    Again: there is NO hhs mandate for abortion drugs or sterilizations.
    Why are you posting stuff like this that is simply not true dr veith?

  • Fws

    Again: there is NO hhs mandate for abortion drugs or sterilizations.
    Why are you posting stuff like this that is simply not true dr veith?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Frank, the HHS classifies the “morning after pill” and the “week after pill” as contraceptives. But they are abortifacients. The mandate requires paying for insurance that provides these free of charge, meaning that those who are forced to pay for them are made complicit in what they do.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Frank, the HHS classifies the “morning after pill” and the “week after pill” as contraceptives. But they are abortifacients. The mandate requires paying for insurance that provides these free of charge, meaning that those who are forced to pay for them are made complicit in what they do.

  • helen

    Gene Veith @ 6
    Thanks for trying to tell him! I have, elsewhere, to no effect.

    The following is from the lcms web page on the HHS mandate, which fws claims to be citing:
    “In response to President Obama’s announcement Friday concerning an ‘accommodation’ to a previous mandate that health plans must cover all forms of birth control (even those that can kill the unborn), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) remains deeply concerned. We strongly object to the use of drugs and procedures that are used to take the lives of unborn children, who are persons in the sight of God from the time of conception. Drugs such as ‘Plan B’ and ‘Ella,’ which are still included in the mandate, can work post-conception to cause the death of the developing child, so don’t be fooled by statements to the contrary.

    [Moreover, "the Pill" can be used as an abortifacient. If it's forgotten, and a woman wants to be sure, she can take 2-3 at once; as a Pharmacist told me, "every woman knows".] –hej

    Saying these things are not potential killers is in the same league with the earnest argument that, “It’s not a baby; it’s just a blob of tissue.” A Jewish colleague (male) was quite insistent on that.
    [Till post-delivery, apparently, by law, but I'm not sure where he draws the line.]

    But where is fws’ dog in this fight? He will neither use the things nor pay for them.

  • helen

    Gene Veith @ 6
    Thanks for trying to tell him! I have, elsewhere, to no effect.

    The following is from the lcms web page on the HHS mandate, which fws claims to be citing:
    “In response to President Obama’s announcement Friday concerning an ‘accommodation’ to a previous mandate that health plans must cover all forms of birth control (even those that can kill the unborn), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) remains deeply concerned. We strongly object to the use of drugs and procedures that are used to take the lives of unborn children, who are persons in the sight of God from the time of conception. Drugs such as ‘Plan B’ and ‘Ella,’ which are still included in the mandate, can work post-conception to cause the death of the developing child, so don’t be fooled by statements to the contrary.

    [Moreover, "the Pill" can be used as an abortifacient. If it's forgotten, and a woman wants to be sure, she can take 2-3 at once; as a Pharmacist told me, "every woman knows".] –hej

    Saying these things are not potential killers is in the same league with the earnest argument that, “It’s not a baby; it’s just a blob of tissue.” A Jewish colleague (male) was quite insistent on that.
    [Till post-delivery, apparently, by law, but I'm not sure where he draws the line.]

    But where is fws’ dog in this fight? He will neither use the things nor pay for them.

  • helen

    f j steve @ 2
    In case you weren’t being sarcastic:

    “When they came for the defective and disabled, I didn’t speak up; I wasn’t one of them.
    When they came for the elderly; I didn’t speak up….
    When they came for the Jews, the ‘communists’, et al….. I didn’t…
    There was no one left to speak up when they came for me.”

    Better speak up early, Buddy, or I’ll be long gone and unable to speak up for you!

  • helen

    f j steve @ 2
    In case you weren’t being sarcastic:

    “When they came for the defective and disabled, I didn’t speak up; I wasn’t one of them.
    When they came for the elderly; I didn’t speak up….
    When they came for the Jews, the ‘communists’, et al….. I didn’t…
    There was no one left to speak up when they came for me.”

    Better speak up early, Buddy, or I’ll be long gone and unable to speak up for you!


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