Thursday, February 23, 2012
|States' legal challenge to Obamacare mandate|
States’ legal challenges to the federal rule:
The rule conflicts with the First Amendment’s basic elements of the freedoms of religion, speech and association.
The rule violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by requiring the federal government to troll through an organization’s religious beliefs to determine whether the organization is religious enough to be exempt from the rule’s mandates.
The rule’s practical effect will force religious employers and organizations to drop health insurance coverage, which will effect increased enrollment in state Medicaid programs and state-subsidized hospitals and medical centers.
The state coalition includes Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. The co-plaintiffs are Pius X Catholic High School, The Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America, Catholic Social Services, Stacy Molai and Sister Mary Catherine, CK.