“There is no question it is the President and Democrats who refuse to negotiate, but it is the President’s failed healthcare law that needs to be dealt with in Congress,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots. “Not once did Mr. Ryan mention the program that is hurting hard-working Americans. We must remember the reason we are fighting and remain united in our opposition to Obamacare."
This afternoon, Ralph Reed, founder of the Duluth-based Faith and Freedom Coalition, sent out a public letter to House Speaker John Boehner, demanding that any end to the federal shutdown include a provision that addresses objections to Obamacare from religious institutions. From the letter:
As you know, Obamacare forces religious charities, including Roman Catholic hospitals, evangelical colleges, and inner city ministries, to pay for health care services that assault their conscience and violate their faith. The Continuing Resolution passed by the House on September 29th included provisions of H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, to protect the religious freedom of Americans.
This language was not included in subsequent continuing resolutions passed by the House. We urge that it be part of any future CR or increase in borrowing authority. The situation is critical. In a matter of months, religious charities will be forced to violate their conscience or face massive fines and penalties.
Obamacare also directly subsidizes abortion through government-mandated surcharges on policy holders. This violates the principle embodied in the Hyde Amendment that no person of faith shall be compelled to subsidize taking innocent human life with their hard-earned tax dollars. According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, 5.57 million women of child bearing age could gain publicly-subsidized abortion coverage under Obamacare, leading to 71,000-115,500 additional abortions in the United States. Please ensure that Congress explicitly prohibits the use of taxpayer funds to perform elective abortions as part of any government-funding measure passed by the House.
Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, an ardent opponent of the Affordable Care Act, recently likened people with pre-existing medical conditions to wrecked cars and appeared to suggest that the sick are at fault for their illnesses just as drivers are at fault for their accidents.
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