To protect religious liberty specifically and individual freedom generally, Obamacare must be repealed. Centralized health care policy that defines what individuals must buy, what employers must cover, and what insurers must offer puts the moral compass in the hands of bureaucrats and will continue to trample on conscience as implementation continues.
Of particular concern is the contraception mandate, which goes into effect on August 1 and is the subject of some 23 lawsuits around the country. It compels religious and other employers to cover—at no charge to the insured—abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization, regardless of an employer’s moral or religious objection.
The mandate, which tramples on the free exercise of religion and conscience rights of employers and individuals, is just the first chilling example of how Americans’ individual liberties will be adversely affected as the statute is implemented.
It raises significant questions about what more Obamacare will require on other matters of deeply personal religious and moral significance, such as prenatal care, end-of-life issues, and parental authority for minors’ health decisions.