What does today’s Supreme Court decision mean for the federal lawsuits and the Fortnight for Freedom and religious freedom rallies that have drawn attention to the HHS mandate’s assault on religious freedom?
1. Today’s decision upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.
2. Far from ending the constitutional challenges against the HHS mandate, today’s decision makes the many federal lawsuits challenging the mandate’s unconstitutionality — by 56 plaintiffs, at a recent count – more important than ever. It also puts the religious freedom issue precisely where it belongs: at the very center of America’s focus. The issue that the HHS mandate continues to pose is the right of citizens to conduct their own lives by doing what their conscience and religious beliefs tell them is right, free of oppressive government intrusion.
Let me repeat: the religious liberty concerns were not part of the challenge to the Obamacare statute and these legal challenges are as alive — and as strong — as ever after today’s decision.
Now is the time to re-double our efforts: praying, staying informed, getting angry and acting decisively to end the HHS mandate’s tragic and unprecedented government attempt to usurp our most precious rights. Warn elected leaders that it is also in their own self-interest to rescind the HHS mandate. And if they don’t reverse course, fire them — and replace them in November.