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Over 150 congressional leaders demand repeal of HHS mandate
cna ^ | February 8, 2012 | Michelle Bauman

Posted on 02/08/2012 1:00:58 PM PST by NYer

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Jan. 25, 2011. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson.

Washington D.C., Feb 8, 2012 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A letter from 154 bipartisan members of Congress is urging the Obama administration to reverse a contraception mandate that religious employers say would require them to violate their consciences.

The Feb. 6 letter to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, condemned the recent mandate as an “unprecedented overreach by the federal government.”

Congressional leaders urged Sebelius to “reconsider the final rule” as it applies to employers and individuals who have moral or religious objections to the coverage required by the mandate.

They also asked her for “specific details on the process followed in the reading and evaluating of the public comments submitted” about the mandate.

The letter comes amid a storm of criticism over Sebelius’ recent announcement that virtually all employers will soon be required to purchase health insurance plans that cover contraceptives – including abortion-inducing drugs – and sterilization.

In their letter, the congressmen noted that Sebelius’ department had received more than 200,000 comments on the rule during its public comment period. Many of these comments objected to the “narrow scope of the religious exemption” included in the mandate.

The religious exemption applies only to those organizations that exist to instill religious values and limit their employment and services to primarily members of their own faith. While most churches are covered by the exemption, huge numbers of religious schools, hospitals and charitable organizations are not.

However, despite the massive wave of criticism, Sebelius refused to broaden the exemption in issuing the final rule on Jan. 20.

In response, Rep. Steve Scalise (R - LA) led a Congressional effort to compose a letter voicing “strong opposition” to the mandate, which he described as “radical” and an “attack on the religious freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by the Bill of Rights.”
 
In their joint letter, congressional leaders observed that the mandate infringes upon the conscience rights not only of those who object to contraception, but also “of those who, for moral or religious reasons, oppose abortion.”

They explained that the regulation requires coverage of certain “drugs and devices that can function as abortifacients,” such as Plan B and Ella.

They also said that the one-year extension granted to religiously-affiliated organizations that object to the mandate “only delays the inevitable violation of conscience.”

The members of Congress asked Sebelius to consider the concerns that had been raised.

They requested that she “suspend the final rule” until an arrangement has been made to “ensure that both employers and individuals are afforded their constitutionally protected conscience rights.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; hhs

1 posted on 02/08/2012 1:01:08 PM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 02/08/2012 1:02:15 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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3 posted on 02/08/2012 1:04:40 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: NYer
                               Hey .... 0bama!


4 posted on 02/08/2012 1:06:58 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: NYer

Kathleen Sebelius was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family in Cincinnati, Ohio. - Wikipedia


5 posted on 02/08/2012 1:07:13 PM PST by calico_thompson
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To: NYer

The world turned upside down.

We have let our republic degrade to the point where our elected officials, the ones who are Constitutionally charged with making the laws we live under, plead and cry to a single bureaucrat to change her whim.

WTF!


6 posted on 02/08/2012 1:09:21 PM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: NYer

More fodder for the Supreme COurt hearing, now less than 6 weeks away. Let them continue with their arrogance. I think the administration is seeing where this is heading..and that’s why there’s talk of ‘walking it back’.

No exceptions, no exclusions, dump the whole damn thing and start over.


7 posted on 02/08/2012 1:10:07 PM PST by SueRae (I can see November from my HOUSE!!!!!!!! 11.06.2012, the Tower of Sauron falls,)
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To: Jacquerie

It should be simple if they do not do what you want them to do. You defund them and get rid of them.


8 posted on 02/08/2012 1:17:10 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: riverrunner

Are you not outraged that a single commissar/bureaucrat has more legislative power than the entire Congress?


9 posted on 02/08/2012 1:21:06 PM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: NYer

How many of these congress critters voted for the bill?


10 posted on 02/08/2012 1:21:17 PM PST by khelus
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To: SueRae

This may be his waterloo.


11 posted on 02/08/2012 1:23:03 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Jacquerie
Why settle for crumbs?

Get rid of 0bamacare

12 posted on 02/08/2012 1:36:00 PM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: NYer
Does she have any obligation to respond to the letter? I don't see her giving a rat's patootee about what anyone else thinks on any of this 0bamacare stuff.
13 posted on 02/08/2012 1:38:44 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Jacquerie
Is it any wonder that the congressional rating is 5%.
Replace them ALL.
14 posted on 02/08/2012 1:41:07 PM PST by guardian_of_liberty (We must bind the Government with the Chains of the Constitution...)
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To: SueRae
"I think the administration is seeing where this is heading..and that’s why there’s talk of ‘walking it back’."

I don't see any evidence they are "walking it back". If this is a reference to a willingness to "compromise", Obama indicated that at Notre Dame in 2009. I would anticipate only that Obama will allow some technical compromise involving insurance payments etc. so the Church can save face. Other than that they are going to have to defeat him, or override a veto if the Repubs win the House and Senate, or count on winning a Supreme Court case; by which time Obama may have another seat on the Court. I'll try and think of other outcomes, but if you have any other, better, potential outcomes please state them and cheer me up.

I regret their having done so, but the Bishops signed on to this (as Santorum has stated)[Didn't Pelosi say, "we have to pass this so we can find out what's in it"?]

15 posted on 02/08/2012 1:44:32 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: LZ_Bayonet

The only “walking it back” would be a short-term reprieve or set of exceptions meant to get them past November. And you can bet your bottom dollar they’d disappear within hours of him taking his second oath.

I hope the Church heirarchy and Catholic faithful are not stupid enough to engage Obama in any compromise or walk back. Such a humiliation will surely stick in The One’s craw like a fistful of overly crispy chitlins. He will come back at us twice as hard with extreme vengeance if re-elected.


16 posted on 02/08/2012 1:55:26 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: guardian_of_liberty
Replace them ALL.

Quite right.

The following is not directed at you; it is a reminder to us all. Notice that Congress is reacting to a groundswell of opposition. I have made it a recent point to myself that we the people are sovereign, that it is my duty to let my representative know what I think. Only then do we have a chance. I regard myself as a virtuous citizen in the 18th Century meaning of the word. There is no question my rep recognizes my name, he sees it 4-6 days per week. Our Congress-critters must know what the good people of America wish them to do.

17 posted on 02/08/2012 2:05:30 PM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: LZ_Bayonet

I’ve heard some buzz about them walking it back, even though WH Carney-man has said otherwise.

I have to wonder how the Islamists feel about this? Are mosques and Islamic-esque charities forced to live by the same rules? You can bet your bippy that if they don’t like it, they’ll get a waiver or have themselves otherwise exempted....


18 posted on 02/08/2012 2:36:46 PM PST by SueRae (I can see November from my HOUSE!!!!!!!! 11.06.2012, the Tower of Sauron falls,)
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To: Jacquerie

Sovereign only as long as he does not surrender any jurisdiction to the UN or other NWO alphabet or take any extralegal measures to nullify our civil and God given rights.


19 posted on 02/08/2012 2:39:09 PM PST by Surrounded_too
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To: Jacquerie

Are you not outraged that a single commissar/bureaucrat has more legislative power than the entire Congress?

Isn’t thay what I said Congress should just do away with them.


20 posted on 02/08/2012 2:42:30 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: NYer
How 'bout demanding a repeal of 0bamacare in its entirety???

The whole thing is an evil, unconstitutional, marxist nightmare.

21 posted on 02/08/2012 2:43:45 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NYer

How many of those 150 congressional leaders are Democrats?


22 posted on 02/08/2012 2:46:53 PM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: calico_thompson
Kathleen Sebelius was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family in Cincinnati, Ohio. - Wikipedia

Kathleen Sebelius was instructed by her bishop in Kansas AND by the Archbishop of Washington, in no uncertain terms, that she is NOT to present herself for Holy Communion in a Catholic Church.

That's also in Wikipedia.

So now you know.

23 posted on 02/08/2012 2:51:13 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: riverrunner

I’m just making the distinction that it is one thing to have executive branch agencies execute the laws passed by the legislative branch.

It is another when the agencies are illegally assigned law making powers which we the people granted to Congress only.


24 posted on 02/08/2012 2:55:42 PM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"I hope the Church heirarchy and Catholic faithful are not stupid enough to engage Obama in any compromise or walk back."

I think when Santorum pointed out that the Bishops had supported Obamacare, he was inferring a major problem in fighting Obama on this; i.e. if the Bishops lacked the mental capacity or foresight to deal with this during a process and outcome they supported, how do they encourage followers to respect their leadership and line up behind them now? Obama was THEIR guy, and Obamacare was THEIR solution; now he's not? You want me to follow you where?

I think this calls for a MAJOR Church document which acknowledges the Church's errors in judgement and trust and, most importantly, lays out a clear plan of action (something like a "Contract With Christians") that we can review and sign-on to BEFORE we simply accept their leadership.

Right now I'm really wary of their leadership and I want to see that they 1)understand their errors 2) have a plan and 3) they are COMMITTED.

25 posted on 02/08/2012 2:56:23 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: ArrogantBustard
"Non Abbiamo Bisogno" a "We Do Not Need" - Obamacare

The Church should issue a new "Non Abbiamo Bisogno" a "We Do Not Need" - Obamacare

"Non Abbiamo Bisogno" ("Italian for "We do not need") is a Roman Catholic Church encyclical published on 29 June 1931 by Pope Pius XI. The encyclical begins with the Pope's protest against Mussolini's closing of Italian Catholic Action and Catholic Youth organizations in that same year. Pius XI made protests not just about the closing of these Catholic associations, but also against calumnies[clarification needed] ordered to be published in the Italian press by Mussolini.

"Pius also wrote that Mussolini's regime was anti-Catholic. The encyclical was clearly anti-fascist in stance.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (Vatican Secretary of State) asserts that the encyclical was "strongly polemic" against Mussolini who ordered that Catholic youth associations be dissolved."

Paragraph 73 could be used today:
"Yet Catholics will never be able to agree to adopt or to favour maxims or ways of thinking and of acting contrary to the right of the Church and to the welfare of souls, and therefore contrary to the rights of Almighty God."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non_Abbiamo_Bisogno

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_xi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_29061931_non-abbiamo-bisogno_en.html

26 posted on 02/08/2012 3:13:37 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: LZ_Bayonet
We should be careful, here.

First off, I generally agree with your point.

BUT:

It should not be signed by the Pope. Can you imagine the shrieking and howling against a "foreign potentate" intruding into the domestic affairs of The United States? I can name names of FReepers who would likely be very loud in their protests. And then, consider the reaction from the pro-death left.

On the one hand, they (particularly the anti-Catholic FReepers) can pound sand. I hold them beneath contempt

On the other, it would be counterproductive. The debate would be about that horrible, interfering Pope rather than about that horrible marxist President.

So ... such a document should come from American Bishops ... I would strongly encourage them to do so individually and collectively. Each individual Bishop has the unquestioned authority to write whatever pastoral letter he deseires; one which condemns communist medical care (0bamacare) would be most welcome and timely.

27 posted on 02/08/2012 3:26:35 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
"such a document should come from American Bishops"

I completely agree. I've been using the terms "the Church" and "the Bishops", but you're correct.

28 posted on 02/08/2012 3:57:39 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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29 posted on 02/08/2012 5:36:48 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: NYer
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30 posted on 02/08/2012 10:18:52 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: calico_thompson

And she has been banned from Communion by her Bishop.


31 posted on 02/08/2012 10:20:02 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Forget about “walking it back”; Obummer needs to WALK THE PLANK!


32 posted on 02/08/2012 10:26:09 PM PST by nicmarlo
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