Last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services released its final version of Obamacare regulations, including those concerning the contraception mandate.
Over the past year, numerous employers have filed legal action to stop the federal government from forcing them to violate their religious beliefs. Christian colleges have argued that the mandate forces them to violate their faith by providing contraceptives and abortion inducing drugs to all of their employees. They believe that any form of abortion is the murder of an innocent life and no different than taking a gun to the head of an adult.
They argued that such a mandate violates their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. The contraception mandate is nothing more than a form of religious tyranny no different than what the American colonists faced with the Church of England. They left that tyranny and came to this land so that they would have the freedom to worship God as they believed the Bible dictated, not as some king or queen dictated.
All of those hopes of Christian business owners were dashed to pieces when the final regulations were released on Friday. Those regulations contained no accommodations for any for-profit Christian employers such as Hobby Lobby and Chic-fil-A, who morally object to the mandate on religious grounds.
For any employer to even have hope of receiving an exemption to the mandate, they must be a religious non-profit company or organization. However, the Obama administration has added a regulation where the employees of an exempt religious non-profit will still have free access to the contraceptives, abortion-causing drugs and sterilizations.
The exempt employers will not pay for the mandate provisions. Instead, the insurance companies they get their health coverage from will use other monies set aside to pay the costs of providing the employees of the exempt companies with free access to the all of the anti-biblical provisions of the contraception mandate. Technically, the religious non-profit companies that are exempt won’t be paying, but their employees will still have the same access as everyone else to contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations. The insurance companies cannot use the premiums it receives from exempt companies to pay for the contraception mandate provisions, instead, they’ll use the monies from the next company. So even though the exempt company will not be paying for the provisions, they will still be offering them to their employees.
One aspect of the final regulations dictates that all insurance and healthcare providers will be forced to provide the necessary coverage for free contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations. Any such companies that are part of a religious institution or owned by Christians will have no choice but to go against their faith.
The final regulations are President Obama’s way of denying the First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion to Christians throughout the nation. He has placed a religious tyranny on all Americans that has not been seen since we threw off the yoke of the British nearly 240 years ago. In so doing, Obama is effectively saying that he doesn’t give a damn about Christians and their faith. He is trying to force us to bow our knees to him and not to God, but I’ll die before I’ll ever do that. Like I’ve said before, the time has come for another American Revolutionary War only this time we must fight the tyranny that reigns in the White House and halls of Congress.