U.S. House Votes to Repeal ObamaCare, Again
On July 11, 2012, following the United States Supreme Court decision to uphold The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, House members voted to repeal Obama’s healthcare law, 244-185. In a largely symbolic vote, House Republicans were joined by five Democrats in voting to repeal the law, sending the legislation to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hoped to force a vote in order to put Democrats on record before the November election. Republicans need four more votes in the Senate in order to repeal ObamaCare in 2013.
The President’s health care law requires religious institutions and employers to cover contraceptives, abortion-causing drugs, and sterilizations, violating the religious freedoms of those who believe in the sanctity of life.
Concerned citizens, business owners and religious institutions, including The Catholic Church, have objected to the ObamaCare mandates as a violation of the First Amendment right to religious freedom. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has filed 23 lawsuits in 14 states challenging the law, arguing that the mandates violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. More than 2,500 church leaders have signed a letter to the President asking him to reverse the mandate.
On August 10, while hosting an Iftar Dinner in the White House celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, President Obama stated, “Of all the freedoms we cherish as Americans, of all the rights that we hold sacred, foremost among them is freedom of religion, the right to worship as we choose.”
The First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
In Notre Dame’s lawsuit filed against HHS Secretary Sebelius, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and Labor Secretary Solis, it states, “If the Government can force religious institutions to violate their beliefs in such a manner, there is no apparent limit to the Government’s power.”