Catholic Bishops Cry Foul: Amish Are Exempt From Obamacare But Catholics Are Not

It’s an Obama world…
The US Catholic Bishops cried foul this week noting that certain religious groups in America are exempt from Obamacare provisions but not others.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Blog reported:

The Amish are exempt from the entire health care reform law. So are members of Medi-Share, a program of Christian Care Ministry. Yet, when the Catholic Church asks for a religious exemption from just one regulation issued under the law – the mandate that all employers, including religious institutions, must pay for sterilization and contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs – the Administration balks.

The government respects the First Amendment that guarantees the right to freely exercise one’s religious beliefs, but only to a point. In the health care law it picks and chooses which beliefs it respects. The Amish do not believe in insurance, and the government understands. Christian Care Ministry believes people should form a religious community and pay medical bills for one another, and the government says okay. Yet when the Catholic Church opposes being forced to pay for services that violate its beliefs, the Administration says “tough.”

What is so special about this mandate that it cannot be touched? It was added after Congress passed the health care law and offers no exemption for religious charitable or educational institutions. It will not accept Catholic charities and schools as “religious enough” unless they hire only Catholics, serve only Catholics, have the narrow tax exempt status granted to houses of worship, and teach religion as their purpose.

Amazingly, this mandate has more force than the overall health care law. In fact recent regulations allow states to decide which “essential health benefits” to require in health plans, such as hospitalization, prescription drugs and pediatric services. At the same time, all insurance plans must include the objectionable services mentioned above. Here federal law trumps state law and threatens to fine into submission institutions that dare oppose it. The going rate is at least $100 per day per employee.

What has the government got against the Catholic Church? Has it forgotten the contributions the church has made to the poor and needy for centuries?

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  • kringeesmom

    I’m a Reformed Amish. Have been since they passed the healthcare bill.

  • http://www.katablog.com katablog.com

    and why should ObamaCare only apply to religious institutions? What about all the Mom and Pop businesses out there that also have a religious objection to providing contraceptives and abortion pills? Does the US Constitution only apply to institutions? Phfffft – here I thought it applied to individuals.

  • Sasja

    Don’t worry. It will hit the Amish and others as well. Right now, they get a pass. If Bammycare is allowed to stand, it will only be a matter of time before every religious institution is subject to his highness’s whims.

  • Me

    This whole thing is orchestrated to push Catholics out of health care. Obamists hooe the church will close hospitals (like they closed adoption centers). This gives the obots full control over facilities where they can kill babies, sick, elderly, and other undesirable or expensive “patients” under the guise of “care”. Mengele reborn.

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  • Economan

    Congress is also exempt from the laws they pass.

  • retire05

    Almost all of the hospitals in Austin, Texas are owned by the Catholic Church, either through the St. David’s Medical Centers or Seton Medical Centers. Even Breckenridge Hospital, the once city owned charity hospital, has been sold to the Catholic Church as it was not profitable having Democrats running it.

    So………….what do you suppose will happen when the Catholic Church says “Well, we will just shut down all our Church owned hospitals, all our Church owned orpanages, all our Church owned nursing homes for seniors?” I can tell you; you are going to be without hospital access. Every trauma center in Austin will be shut down. Have an illness that needs to be treated in the hospital? Take a lottery number like they have to do in Canada. Suffer from macular degeneration but can still see out of one eye? Not covered, as in the U.K.

    This administration wants to “transform” the United States into the Euroweenie socialist lite.

  • StrangernFiction

    “I think [Obama] is great.” — Matt Romney

  • Observer

    Catholics yet learned You lie down with dogs You get up with fleas.The Catholic vote is what ut Obysmal in the Whitte House.

  • Sasja

    Saw that little comment from Matty boy. His dad must be proud. Made me wonder just what Mittens really thinks of Zero.

  • Sasja

    OT. I happened upon this bit of info re Holder from Breitbart. It will not be earth-shattering to those of us who already know the enemy. If it has been linked at this site already; my apologies for not catching it.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/18/Holder-Fight-Guns-Like-Cigarettes

  • wanumba

    #3 March 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    katablog.com commented:

    and why should ObamaCare only apply to religious institutions? What about all the Mom and Pop businesses out there that also have a religious objection to providing contraceptives and abortion pills? Does the US Constitution only apply to institutions? Phfffft – here I thought it applied to individuals.
    :::::::::::::::::::

    Excellent point!

  • Taqiyyotomist

    #3 katablog, #13 wanumba

    Indeed.

    Also, I’m guessing here, but I’d not be surprised if Muslims were also exempt.

    And Marxist superfun rockband churches.

    Basically, if your church’s philosophy is “It’s All Good!”, it’s probably exempt.

    And Muslims? Because, you know, they’ll burn down your city and saw your head off.

    So, they’re cool. Exemption? Sure. Okay. Just don’t kill us.

  • FurryGuy

    #14 March 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm
    Taqiyyotomist commented:

    Of course Muslims are exempt from this travesty. Insurance is a form of gambling according to Muslims, as are loans. Islamic banking practices are gaining a very wide beachhead here in the US, with Sharia Law to follow.

  • FurryGuy

    What has the government got against the Catholic Church? Has it forgotten the contributions the church has made to the poor and needy for centuries?

    This administration doesn’t want competition for enslaving the masses.

    The Catholic Church has a history of trying to cooperate with dictatorships, only to be suppressed when those in power no longer need the help to control the people.

  • http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com Reaganite Republican

    I deeply respect the Amish… these are GOOD people, and actually quite cheerful capitalists as well, if you’ve had any direct exposure

    However, we Catholics deserve equal treatment on this issue… and on every other issue, per the US Constitution

  • Path

    Without having first read the above comments, let me say that the government does NOT want the Catholic Church or others serving the poor or the needy in this country or any other. The current government wants the government to provide these services – guess this means they need to get rid of the Catholics and many others in America which is the greatest country in the world for providing relief to others in need. Just another one of big O’s and the Democrats take overs. Each step takes us closer to socialism/communism.

  • Adi

    Has it forgotten the contributions the church has made to the poor and needy for centuries?

    Remember the pre/post Obama world? Centuries? What Centuries?

    There is only one Obama and He is the past, present and future. The universe will stop to exist after Obama. The entire history of the planet can only point into one direction: the birth of Obama. He is The Wohn.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    I’m Catholic, but my attitude toward this development is that the upper echelon of the Catholic clergy should shut their traps and learn to like it, because before this, I am 99.9% sure they supported Obiecare lock, stock, and barrel.

    What I would ask them is: Didn’t you guys read the fine print, or think things through? No? Well whose fault is that then?

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  • Robert

    If there is any government in the world that the Catholic Church can really, really, REALLY stand and push back against, it is the federal government of the United States of America.

    Perhaps we shall see if the Catholic leadership has the courage of their convictions.

    And the Catholic liberals vote for Democrats anyways, so they are to blame as much as anyone.

  • Robert

    The so-called bishops are bunch of whiners.

    If they were serious they would start excommunicating Catholic politicians who support this action against them.

  • Jose

    No sympathy from me. For fifty years the US Catholic bishops have bought into the liberal agenda. Now it turned on them and bit them in the…. They even invited Obama to Notre Dame, and they gave chief pro-abortionist Ted Kennedy a cathedral funeral.

    When the bishops show their outrage at all the liberal Catholic legislators who violate church dogma on a daily basis, maybe, just maybe, they’ll earn my respect.

    The bishops sold their souls for government handouts.

  • SturJen

    Yeah great Jose…..

    Why is it people like me have to be punished for what someone else has done wrongly? I didn’t vote for Obama; my monies do not go into the Diocese because of their Alinsky-esque partnerships; I wrote to Notre Dame expressing my disgust at their kowtowing to Obama; and I do my best to follow the catechism of the Catholic church.

    But because a bunch of flaming libs on both coasts decide to turn the Catholic church into the ‘people’s temple’ I am supposed to be punished? That’s BS and you know it.

    It would be like saying that since some guy committed rape that all men should be castrated.

  • lizzy84

    Why are the bishops even discussing the issue of an ‘exemption’ when by doing so they’re conceding that the government actually has the right and power to impose its will on religion? That the government has NO such right and power is the real issue here.

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  • LookUp

    Bingo, Stur Jen @ 24.
    Gee, the devil is in the Church even at the highest levels. Who’d a thunk it?

    The time is NOW for EVERY CHRISTIAN to stand shoulder to shoulder and disobey the unlawful, ungodly practices being attempted to vanquish our GOD GIVEN rights. Put away your petty disagreements anong you, Amish, Catholic, Protestant, Baptists. Pay the price! Stand for what you believe in! Abandoning the true Christian believer is giving the power to Satan himself.

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  • Jeremiah Lloyd

    I’m getting so I live angry. Why did the Catholic church mention the Amish? We know damn well the bishops supported Obama care until they got the knife in the back. The sisters still do.

    Now they are too politically correct to mention that Mooslimes are the real target being protected from insurance. None of them have to buy it and we will have to pay for any major medical procedures. Everyone knows that Malibu’s sensitivities to the slime is the real reason that this law is in place. It was a calculated giveaway to the slimes and a dissing of the Catholic church.

    Well if they aren’t going to fight it’s hard to feel sorry for them.

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  • GP Fan

    Exemptions should not exist, period. End of story.

  • Johnzo

    You people are mentally ill. You speak like any other psychopaths. It’s easy to believe you have the one true religion and those who disagree with you are ‘Satan’ – when you are a narcissist. Get help before you hurt someone, pls