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Obama Mandate Could Fine Religious Groups $2,000 Per Employee
Life News ^ | 3/6/12 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 03/06/2012 4:28:04 PM PST by wagglebee

The new Obama mandate that requires religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees could result in fines as much as $2,000 per employee or $100 each day if they refuse to comply.

Recently, Republicans in Congress asked the Congressional Research Service to examine the new mandate and the consequences for employers that do not want to follow it because it would violate their consciences and CRS issued a document finding noncompliant employers could face federal fines of $100 per day per employee.

“If a group health plan or health insurance issuer failed to provide contraceptive services pursuant to guidelines authorized by ACA, it seems possible … that a plan participant could be able to bring a claim for that benefit,” the memo states.

The report indicates the IRS is empowered to levy a tax penalty on noncompliant religious employers of $100 per day for each employee in their health plan.

“A group health plan that fails to comply with the pertinent requirements in the IRC may be subject to a tax of $100 for each day in the noncompliance period with respect to each individual to whom such failure relates. However, if failures are not corrected before a notice of examination for tax liability is sent to the employer, and these failures occur or continue during the period under examination, the penalty will not be less than $2,500. Where violations are considered to be more than de minimis, the amount will not be less than $15,000.”

Commerce Committee Republicans, according to Politico, are not happy with the findings.

“Implementing a federal mandate that violates the conscience of an individual or organization, regardless of their religious affiliation or organizational purpose, is in direct violation with the First Amendment,” the committee said in a release announcing the report. “Imposing a fine on these individuals pours salt in the wound.”

They said, according to Politico, that a charity or hospital with 100 employees “chooses to exercise its religious rights instead of complying with the Obamacare mandate, it could be subject to a $3.65 million annual fine.

Hannah Smith, Senior Legal Council of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, spoke with Zenit yesterday about the fines and said most religious employers would not be exempt from the mandate:

Back in August, the Department of Health and Human Services issued the mandate which requires all group health plans in the United States to pay for contraception, sterilization, and certain drugs that can cause an abortion. That mandate contains a very narrow exemption, and the exemption would permit a very few number of churches and religious orders to be exempted from its requirements.

The exemption from the mandate has four prongs: the religious employer must (1) have the primary purpose of inculcating religious values, (2) primarily employ people of its own faith, (3) primarily serve people of its own faith, and (4) fall within a certain tax-code provision (that it’s tax exempt, and it doesn’t have to file tax returns in the United States). So, it is a very narrow exemption that basically means very few religious entities will be exempted from the mandate.

Most faith-based institutions, like schools, universities, colleges, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, or other social service organizations would not be exempt from the mandate. That’s why the mandate has set off such a public outcry, because there are so many religious organizations that, because of their religious mission, could not cover these kinds of drugs and services, but under the mandate there is no opportunity for them to opt out.

It’s important to remember that religious institutions that do not comply with this mandate will be fined roughly $2,000 per employee, which means that for most of our clients they will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars per year if they do not comply with this mandate. That kind of substantial burden on religious exercise is impermissible in the American legal system.

The subject of fines for religious groups come up last week at a Congressional hearing on the mandate.

Asma Uddin, an attorney with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, “For example, a charitable organization with 100 employees will have to pay the federal government $140,000 per year for the “privilege” of not underwriting medical services it believes are immoral.”

“Given these coercive burdens on the religious freedom of organizations and individuals that hold religious beliefs against contraception and/or abortion, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has brought several lawsuits. The lawsuits, each of which make the same claims, are on behalf of (1) Belmont Abbey College (BAC), a Catholic liberal arts college founded by Benedictine monks; (2) Colorado Christian University (CCU), an interdenominational Christian college; (3) Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), a television network that serves to spread Catholic teachings; and (4) Ave Maria University, a Catholic University dedicated to transmitting authentic Catholic values to students,” she continued. “For failing to comply by the Mandate, BAC would pay approximately $340,000 annually, CCU would pay $500,000; EWTN would pay $620,000; and Ave Maria close to $340,000.”



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Zero and his regime are planning to turn religious freedom into a Mafia-style protection racket.
1 posted on 03/06/2012 4:28:17 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 03/06/2012 4:29:34 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 03/06/2012 4:30:43 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Thats’ all Obama has, Threats, Fines, Taxation and Prison.
What a guy ?????????


4 posted on 03/06/2012 4:31:24 PM PST by chatham
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To: wagglebee

Thats’ all Obama has, Threats, Fines, Taxation and Prison.
What a guy ?????????


5 posted on 03/06/2012 4:31:36 PM PST by chatham
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To: wagglebee

What happened to “if you like your health plan, you can keep it”

President Obama Sept. 2009 Joint session of congress

I guess he must have read all those minds ....


6 posted on 03/06/2012 4:33:41 PM PST by preamble
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To: wagglebee

Isn’t that what this administration is all about anyway. We have come a long way baby.


7 posted on 03/06/2012 4:33:54 PM PST by RC2
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To: wagglebee

So what happens if the institutions do not pay the fine?

Do the police come and permanently seal the facility? Because without a permanent seal, the owners can just come back the day after the police come and reopen.


8 posted on 03/06/2012 4:35:10 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: wagglebee

The pertinent question here is under what authority does this president-usurper assume such authority? Since when does any President have the authority to unilaterally impose fines on legitimate organizations for whatever reasons he, and only he, sees fit? Has the Constitution officially been declared null and void? WTF people? King George III was a saint compared to this steaming pile of obama...


9 posted on 03/06/2012 4:40:26 PM PST by DonPaulJonesII
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To: gogogodzilla
Do the police come and permanently seal the facility? Because without a permanent seal, the owners can just come back the day after the police come and reopen.

Why not? That's what the green police already do to homeowners who pump their septics more than the yearly limit - they lock them out of their houses.

The "Regime" will likely have to hire more police to enforce their diktats. And perhaps open more courts to process the "criminals" who refuse to pay for other people's birth control or subsidize infanticide.

10 posted on 03/06/2012 4:47:23 PM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: DonPaulJonesII

“King George III was a saint compared to this steaming pile of obama...”

That’s a fact.


11 posted on 03/06/2012 4:48:26 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: DonPaulJonesII
The pertinent question here is under what authority does this president-usurper assume such authority?

He an absolute ruler. Better get used to calling this communists black Muslim your King.

12 posted on 03/06/2012 4:54:14 PM PST by Logical me
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To: wagglebee
Obama is planning to send out armed IRS agents to have shootouts with armed irregulars defending their churches against the governments jack booted thugs.

I would imagine this leads him to pleasure himself repeatedly as he dwells on it.

The President is a pervert.

13 posted on 03/06/2012 5:02:08 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: wagglebee

say no. do not follow it. refuse to obey mandates (not even a law??) that violate your conscience (let’s not get into my tax money paying to kill the unborn... my head starts to explode at the thought of how many I’ve killed with my tax money over the years)

additionally, all conservatives should do the following:
1. stop associating with progressives
2. if you determine someone is a progressive in an interview... do not hire them
3. if you find a progressive in your work place, stop associating and attempt to push them to a dying branch of the company

progressives have been doing it for years... its time we return the favor. and since we outnumber them, it’ll hurt


14 posted on 03/06/2012 5:02:08 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: wagglebee

The management at those Catholic institutions should send letters to all of their employees and tell them to update their resumes and start looking for another job. Send out the letters next September.


15 posted on 03/06/2012 5:12:44 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: wagglebee

And notice the silence of the lambs .... er, Congress.


16 posted on 03/06/2012 5:16:06 PM PST by 353FMG
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17 posted on 03/06/2012 5:24:45 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: sten

say no. do not follow it. refuse to obey mandates
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I second that motion. Do not obey Mr. Obama’s little rules, refuse to comply, stick it in his eye. Does L’il Barry REALLY want to start arresting Roman Catholic Bishops and Priests for refusing to obey?

Regardless of the election outcome, or how far Mr. Ozero decides to push his dictate, I am imagining a swarm of patriots crossing the Potomoc, to the grounds of the National Mall headed North and East, reminiscent of Lord Of the Rings where Helms Deep was saved by the onslaught of the dead warriors.

“STAND, MEN OF THE WEST !!! “


18 posted on 03/06/2012 5:26:14 PM PST by AlexisHeavyMetal1981 (Obama = The Eye Of Sauron)
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To: AlexisHeavyMetal1981

Aragorn Elessar’s “Stand Men of the West!”

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19 posted on 03/06/2012 5:32:04 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: gogogodzilla

If they come to seal Church property , they may find a few Thousand Catholics waiting for them.


20 posted on 03/06/2012 5:35:33 PM PST by Venturer
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To: sten

Try to get a job in a university if you are a conservative.

Let’s return the favor!


21 posted on 03/06/2012 5:37:03 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: wagglebee

It’s obammy’s infidel tax on Christians and Catholics.


22 posted on 03/06/2012 6:08:16 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: wagglebee; All
What different is this than the Islamic Tax for not practicing Islam in their countries?

This adminstration is so vile I can't even think anymore..

23 posted on 03/06/2012 6:15:09 PM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: wagglebee

The Left just asserted that the government owns and controls all of the churches and religious institutions in the U.S.


24 posted on 03/06/2012 6:24:07 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: Venturer

They will take control by seizing the bank accounts. No money for payroll, no heat, no mortgage payments, no electricity, no money for payroll taxes. That is how this will be handled.


25 posted on 03/06/2012 6:26:01 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: Venturer

They will take control by seizing the bank accounts. No money for payroll, no heat, no mortgage payments, no electricity, no money for payroll taxes. That is how this will be handled.


26 posted on 03/06/2012 6:26:18 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: muawiyah
Obama is planning to send out armed IRS agents to have shootouts with armed irregulars defending their churches against the governments jack booted thugs.

Another Waco type incident WILL NOT be tolerated again in this country. Let em bring in their jack booted thugs, they just may not be so lucky this time.

27 posted on 03/06/2012 6:27:21 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: sten
1. stop associating with progressives
2. if you determine someone is a progressive in an interview... do not hire them
3. if you find a progressive in your work place, stop associating and attempt to push them to a dying branch of the company


Agreed. You have to look out and find who your true friends are. Except for a few, I doubt progressives can be salvaged, that is until things fall apart to the point where their eyes see true reality. I'm sure the progressives make blacklists on us so we need to do the same to them and track them. We are in an ideological war and face the facts that we are in a war.
28 posted on 03/06/2012 6:33:59 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Send Obama back to the ghetto, November 6th.)
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To: SaraJohnson
It’s obammy’s infidel tax on Christians and Catholics.

Ah, the ole "Dhimmi Tax."
29 posted on 03/06/2012 6:35:50 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Send Obama back to the ghetto, November 6th.)
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To: wagglebee
One answer is for all these religious institution to become either Amish or moslem, sine these two entities are exempt completely from the health-care mandates.

ie.: St Mary's Catholic Hospital now becomes St Mary's Amish Hospital.

Notre Dame Catholic University becomes Notra Dame Islamic University.

30 posted on 03/06/2012 6:36:06 PM PST by rawhide
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To: wagglebee

“The exemption from the mandate has four prongs: the religious employer must (1) have the primary purpose of inculcating religious values, (2) primarily employ people of its own faith, (3) primarily serve people of its own faith, and (4) fall within a certain tax-code provision (that it’s tax exempt, and it doesn’t have to file tax returns in the United States). So, it is a very narrow exemption that basically means very few religious entities will be exempted from the mandate.”

Which religious employers satisfy this requirement? Does anyone know?

Research keyword: takaful

http://www.takaful.coop/
http://www.etiqa.com.my/English/Takaful/Pages/default.aspx


Oh. Look at this......

Catholic Health World

March 15, 2012
Volume 28, Number 5

“CHA joins in position briefs supporting Affordable Care Act”

http://www.chausa.org/Pages/Publications/Catholic_Health_World/Catholic_Health_World_Archive/2012/March_15/CHA_joins_in_position_briefs_supporting_Affordable_Care_Act/


31 posted on 03/06/2012 6:44:51 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: wagglebee
wrote: Zero and his regime are planning to turn religious freedom into a Mafia-style protection racket....
....or a Sharia-style Dhimmitude tax.
32 posted on 03/06/2012 7:06:08 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: 353FMG

They know it won’t be repealed, so why complain? We would need a large majority in the Senate, which we won’t get, so it is here to stay.


33 posted on 03/06/2012 7:27:10 PM PST by PghBaldy (Once again, Obama proves he is not an honest broker. He can't be trusted.)
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To: SaraJohnson
It’s obammy’s infidel tax on Christians and Catholics.

I know it's hard for some to fathom, but Catholics ARE Christians, or did you mean Christians and Mormons?

34 posted on 03/06/2012 7:46:27 PM PST by madison10
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To: WKB

Baptist ping as well.


35 posted on 03/06/2012 7:58:08 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: prairiebreeze

marker


36 posted on 03/06/2012 8:04:52 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Who are you and what have you done with Ann Coulter?!)
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To: madison10

I know Catholics are Christians. I said that wrong. I should have said Catholics and Protestants. I’m sorry. :)


37 posted on 03/06/2012 8:20:47 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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Ping


38 posted on 03/06/2012 8:30:14 PM PST by WKB (Anything Obama: "What a revoltin' development this is")
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To: muawiyah
What obozo can do with his hand, and what Reggie Love can do with his ——, pleasures obozo to no “end.”

Despicable piece of shyt.

39 posted on 03/06/2012 8:54:03 PM PST by itssme
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To: AlexisHeavyMetal1981

Be a freedom fighter and resist..however you can. Survive to leave another day to fight and destroy the enemy.


40 posted on 03/06/2012 8:56:09 PM PST by itssme
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To: AlexisHeavyMetal1981

Be a freedom fighter and resist..however you can. Survive to live another day to fight and destroy the enemy.


41 posted on 03/06/2012 8:56:51 PM PST by itssme
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To: sten

This IS all out war. Know who your enemy is, and remove him/her, before they do it to you. Grab a hold of the courage within you and FIGHT for this country, for yourself and your loved ones.


42 posted on 03/06/2012 8:59:50 PM PST by itssme
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To: Nowhere Man

Absolutely agree with you. Let’s get very serious about what we must do, and that we must associate with like minded people, who share our views.


43 posted on 03/06/2012 9:03:31 PM PST by itssme
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To: wagglebee
Zero and his regime are planning to turn religious freedom into a Mafia-style protection racket.

A dhimmi tax?

Note the Muslims don't have to comply with Obamacare mandates because they view insurance as a form of gambling.

44 posted on 03/07/2012 1:17:14 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: wagglebee

This evil man and his administration are traitors.


45 posted on 03/07/2012 9:11:36 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: BlatherNaut

The point is that unless the regime permanently stationed armed guards with orders to shoot anyone approaching... the owners can simply return the next day and reopen.

If they are fined, they can ignore it.

In essence, turn the Democrat agenda back against them.

(Remember sanctuary cities, who disregard Federal law on immigration?)


46 posted on 03/07/2012 3:25:03 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: gogogodzilla
(Remember sanctuary cities, who disregard Federal law on immigration?)

Nuts! And Arizona is prevented from enforcing Federal law!

In essence, turn the Democrat agenda back against them.

They leave no choice when they inflict morally unacceptable diktats on the one hand, and crushing fines on the other.

47 posted on 03/07/2012 4:30:38 PM PST by BlatherNaut
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