Health care and freedom of religion
I’ve found a couple of things I like about the new federal health care plan … things that protect individual citizens from the unfairness we sometimes see in a health care system based on economic philosophy. But there are some things about so-called ‘Obama Care’ that disturb me, and I wonder if they can pass basic tests of constitutional law.
For instance, the mandate that employers and insurance companies must provide reproductive services … including birth control … for every American woman. I don’t think that is anyone’s “right”.
I also agree with the Catholic Church’s position as it was shared with me by Wichita Diocese Bishop Michael Jackels. Forcing Catholic churches, hospitals, and organizations … as well as Catholic business owners … to provide coverage that violates their faith is a violation of the First Amendment, protecting freedom of religion.
Bishop Jackels also sees it as a violation of the separation of church and state.
Our thought for today is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances.”