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The Bishops to Biden on #HHS: “This is not a fact” IBD Editorial Responds

16 October 2012

USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate

October 12, 2012

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows:

Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees:

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”

This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.

HHS has proposed an additional “accommodation” for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as “non-exempt.” That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation “to pay for contraception” and “to be a vehicle to get contraception.” They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.

USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.
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Investors Business Daily responds in an editorial posted online:

Catholic Bishops Call Biden A Liar On ObamaCare

Posted on Investors.com 10/15/2012 06:30 PM ET

ObamaCare:
The leaders of the vice president’s church are calling him out for denying the Affordable Care Act’s threat to religious liberty and the institutions that provide needed social services.

As we noted in our post-debate analysis, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) were not amused with Joe Biden’s other great debate lie — that ObamaCare doesn’t threaten religious liberty or the ability of churches, particularly the Catholic Church, to put their faith in action.

On Oct. 12, the USCCB denounced the VP’s deceptive comments, noting that the so-called HHS exemption is a farce that unconstitutionally defines what a religious institution is and what government will allow it to do.

That exemption, the USCCB states, “does not extend to ‘Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital’ (as Biden claimed), or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.”

In other words, Joe Biden, a Catholic himself, lied.

As Paul Ryan, also a Catholic, put it to Biden, the Obama administration was “infringing upon our first freedom, the freedom of religion, by infringing on Catholic charities, Catholic churches, Catholic hospitals.”

If that weren’t so, Ryan said after one of Biden’s 82 interruptions, “Why would they keep suing you?”

This was a reference to a series of suits filed against the Obama administration by a wide variety of high-profile Catholic organizations, including the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the University of Notre Dame.

For the rest of the piece, please click HERE

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Thank you to Daniel J. Sobieski for sending this piece to AlwaysCatholic. Mr. Sobieski is an Editorial writer at Investor’s Business Daily and a loyal follower of Always Catholic. You may find him on Twitter @gerfinderpoken at IBD and at his blog on True Conservatives On Twitter Blog


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    Let’s get the message out!

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