Letter: Health insurance mandates infringe freedom of religion

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To the editor:

How do you like living under a dictator?

Barack Obama has just decided that any business or institution that provides insurance must pay for abortion drugs, contraceptive services, and sterilization, whether these services go against the religious principles of these entities or not.

His "accommodation" because of the instant outrage of Americans against this nullification of our right to freedom of religion was nothing more than a cover-up.

The corrupt policy is still in place.

Our president pays no attention to the people nor to our Constitution, which he swore to uphold.

So much for his truthfulness. He is driving hard to do as much as he can to grab all the control he can get.

Someone has to stop him.

Here's something you can do: write or call senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and urge them to vote for Sen. Roy Blunt's Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (S.1467).

It is co-sponsored by Marco Rubio and others. At least some men are trying to stop the Obama steamroller.

Let's help them.

The number to call for Udall is (202) 224-5941. For Bennet, call (202) 224-5852.

All you have to do is say to the person on the phone that you want the senator to support S.1467.

It's not hard, and it puts pressure right where it belongs, especially if enough of us care enough to do something. There is strength in numbers.

Remember, "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing."

Rosemary Potter

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Comments

Andrew Russo 2 years, 9 months ago

Hmmm....just a few weeks too late. Roy Blunt to leave contraceptive issue to others after bill’s Senate defeat By Bill Lambrecht / St. Louis Post-Dispatch Friday, March 2, 2012 - Added 3 weeks ago http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?&articleid=1407636&format=&page=1&listingType=politics#articleFull

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Cole White 2 years, 9 months ago

Rosemary,

You are so blinded by party politics you really come off looking quite stupid. The simple fact of the matter is that healthcare costs and the average person's ability to pay for those services is reaching a critical mass. Your lame coment about freedom of religion and healthcare boarders insults all of our intelligence (sounds like you copied and pasted this from Fox News). I looked back in the Archives for a letter from you when George W Bush was lying to the American people and plundering our reserves, spending wildlyand violating our constitutional rights but I can't seem to locate any. This tells me that 1) you are an idiot 2) you don't know what you are talking about and 3) that you wouldn't say $h@t if you had a mouth full as long as the person who put it in your mouth had the letter GOP by their name.

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native_craig_guy 2 years, 9 months ago

This letter is disturbing.... I am in no way shape or form a proponent of Obama, but I can see his point in this case. What ignorant people fail to understand is that the constitutionally protected freedoms are also designed to protect people's right to choose whatever religion they want, not to protect you from other religions. By requiring employers to provide contraceptives to their employees who want them you are protecting the personal rights and freedoms of those who want contraception. No one in this country has any right to restrict the free and legal actions of another person based on their personal views. You dont like contraception or birth control THEN DONT USE IT. BUT BACK OFF OTHERS WHO WANT TO. Their actions do not affect you so leave it well enough alone. What this legislation is protecting is people who work for christian organizations who want birth control. A company/business/enterprise should have no right to dictate what medical procedures/programs or prescriptions they can put in their bodies. People need to learn that there is a huge difference between social policy and personal choices.... contraception is a personal choice, not something that should be forced on people. What if the tables were turned and all women under the age of 40 who were not married were required to take birth control? Wouldnt that be horrible? Yes, because it eliminates free will!!! You get to choose your "religion", you get to practice it HOW YOU SEE FIT... AFFORD THE SAME RIGHTS TO OTHERS AND ALLOW THEM TO LIVE THEIR LIFE THE WAY THAT THEY WANT TO. People need to accept that not everyone wants to live like they do, and they need to stop trying to push their personal agendas and beliefs on others. There is no way that anyone's 1st amendment rights have been violated on the basis of freedom of religion.... the government requires employers to provide their employees with a right to choose what they want to do with their body, how does that affect YOUR freedom of religion? Are you being slighted in any way shape or form? NO!!! You are offended because there are people out there, people that you have never met, who are living their lives differently than you. Who cares, you should focus more on living your life and not on controlling others. Ignorance is a disease that is running rampant in our country.

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David Moore 2 years, 9 months ago

native_craig_guy, you are on a roll this morning. Excellent posts, both this one and the TMH thing....as Gordon Ramsay would say "spot on".

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ronswanson 2 years, 9 months ago

Everyone pays for their own health insurance through premiums. You are not paying for someone else's health care. This is a made up issue.

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lonelyone 2 years, 9 months ago

Are you trying to return us to the dark ages??

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Jason Phillips 2 years, 9 months ago

I moved away from Craig and never looked back because of ignorant backwards thinkers like Rosemary Potter. This is a dangerous brand of stupidity.

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FedUpWithLies 2 years, 9 months ago

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.1467:

This is the actual wording of the Blunt Bill: (6) RESPECTING RIGHTS OF CONSCIENCE WITH REGARD TO SPECIFIC ITEMS OR SERVICES-(A) FOR HEALTH PLANS- A health plan shall not be considered to have failed to provide the essential health benefits package described in subsection (a) (or preventive health services described in section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act), to fail to be a qualified health plan, or to fail to fulfill any other requirement under this title on the basis that it declines to provide coverage of specific items or services because-- `(i) providing coverage (or, in the case of a sponsor of a group health plan, paying for coverage) of such specific items or services is contrary to the religious beliefs or moral convictions of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan;

Now, instead of just repeating what you've heard from your media source of choice, stop and give this some critical thought. This bill is not limited to contraception, in fact, I see no limitations whatsoever as to what an employer might deem as "contrary to the religious beliefs or moral convictions." Things I might not want to cover were I an employer: Smoking related illnesses Gluttony related illnesses or surgeries Poor diet related illnesses Pregnancy if you already have too many children (costly, causes mother to miss too much work, and could have been avoided) Illnesses of anyone that watches too much Fox news (bad for your mental and physical health) And any other loophole I can come up with to keep my costs down....

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