The Affordable Care Act has given the federal government broad authority to decide what insurance companies must cover, employers must provide, and individuals must purchase. Americans’ choice of health care, coverage options and religious freedom is now subject to the negotiations of bureaucrats.
Moreover, throughout litigation over the mandate, the Obama administration has relied on a faulty argument that families who build businesses, create jobs and grow the economy lose their right to religious freedom when they walk in the doors of their workplaces.
Such an offensively narrow view of faith in public life has threatened the rights and livelihoods of many job-creating businesses and their owners. That includes the Green family, who own Hobby Lobby, and the Hahn family, who run Conestoga Wood Specialties. Both cases will be heard by the Supreme Court in the spring.
Employees, individuals and all Americans should be able to choose health care that best fits the needs of their families and respects their freedom. And employers should be able to build and grow job-creating businesses in accordance with their values without threat of government penalties.
Americans deserve a health-care system that increases access, helps keep costs down, and allows individuals and families to provide and choose health care coverage that respects their values.
The Supreme Court should recognize Obamacare’s serious assault on Americans’ religious liberty — our “first freedom” — by ruling against the mandate. In the meantime, Congress can start disassembling the rest of Obamacare that’s trampling on Americans’ health care, prosperity and fundamental freedoms.
Sarah Torre is a policy analyst in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. Readers may write to the author in care of The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20002; Web site: heritage.org. Information about Heritage’s funding may be found at h heritage.org/about/reports.cfm.
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