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Fundamental freedoms eroding as Obamacare ages

BY ANNA FRANZONELLO Published: May 15, 2013

Obamacare marked its third birthday recently, but Americans are not celebrating the health care law outgrowing its “terrible twos.” Unlike a toddler's tantrums, Obamacare's anti-life mandates will not improve with age. Rather, under the guiding hand of the Obama administration and its allies in the abortion industry, Obamacare at age 3 seeks to deny more constitutional freedoms than on the day it was enacted.

The Obamacare regulation often referred to as the “HHS mandate” could effectively shut down Hobby Lobby, the Oklahoma-based national arts and crafts retailer founded and run by David Green and his family. Hobby Lobby actually faces more debilitating fines by providing its employees with health insurance that does not cover so-called “emergency contraceptives” than it would if it provided no health insurance at all.

Obamacare's HHS mandate is symptomatic of a dangerous mantra of the abortion lobby. It does not stand for “choice.” Rather, the abortion lobby demands the government coerce Americans, like the Green family, to support its agenda in violation of sincerely held religious and moral beliefs.

The HHS mandate defines the “preventive services” provision of Obamacare to require health insurance plans to fully cover (without co-pay) all FDA-approved contraceptives. The FDA's definition of “contraception” is deceptively broad and includes the abortion-inducing drug ella.

As such, the FDA's definition and the HHS mandate are a one-two knockout punch from the Obama administration to the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of conscience. Together, they force Americans to pay for life-ending drugs and devices, providing no protection for those whose religious, moral, or ethical beliefs preclude support for the abortion lobby's anti-life agenda and its financial bottom line.

Although Planned Parenthood had a hand in creating the HHS mandate, the abortion lobby is not the final arbiter of its legality. The constitutionality of the mandate is the subject of 58 lawsuits, involving more than 190 plaintiffs.

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