Monday, March 21, 2016

Succinct Summary of the Case for the Little Sisters of the Poor-- Great Read in WSJ

John Garvey, president of Catholic University of America, has written an excellent opinion piece in today's Wall Street Journal.

An illustrious attorney himself, President Garvey boils the legal arguments down in a way that anyone can understand. Succinct and to the point, this essay is a brilliant summary of why the HHS mandate violates religious freedom.

I confess I did not know who John Garvey was before today. But on reading this piece my first thought was that the author must be an attorney. My second thought was I hope that the Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic University of America, and all the other plaintiffs have an attorney who can explain things as well as Garvey can.

Here is a snippet:
The Affordable Care Act requires employers like Catholic University to carry health insurance. The problem we are trying to solve arises because HHS has imposed a further obligation to cover “preventive services,” and insisted that either we or our agent (the insurance company) pay for them. A more tolerant solution would be for the federal government to fund “preventive services.” But President Obama had to promise not to do that to get the law passed. A still more tolerant solution would be to exempt religious organizations like ours from a duty to pay for services that go against the fundamental tenets of our faith.
Read the entire piece "ObamaCare vs. Little Sisters of the Poor" at this link.

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