Obamacare Insurance Fires Up Catholics

President Obama’s new healthcare plan has sent shock waves through the members of the Catholicism as U.S. citizens will be required to buy  government-approved health insurance plans that cover sterilization and  contraceptives.

The Catholic church is in an uproar, as their faith teaches that sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion are in violation of God’s law, and should not be used by Catholics.

The regulation that Obama’s administration has put in place requires that health-insurance plans must provide sterilization, contraceptives and abortifacients without any fees or co-pay.

The bishops of the Catholic faith in the United States have stated that this new initiative goes against their beliefs and is “literally unconscionable”.

Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been vocal about his disapproval of Obama’s new measure.

“To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable,” said Dolan. “It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically, this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty.”

Dolan argues that this measure violates the people’s rights declared in the First Amendment, the right to religion. By proposing this plan, the pro-life movement supporters are forced to either buy the new insurance against their faith, or go without insurance.

The House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, a self-professed Catholic, supports the move by Obama’s administration.

The plan goes into effect August 1st, but certain religious organizations will be given a year to make the transition. Under the restrictions placed on these organizations, though, Catholic universities, charities, and hospitals would not be included.

To read Dolan’s article in the Wall Street Journal, click here.

The question now is this: Will the people stand for this? Will they act against this, or allow it to continue, and adjust to it? How do you feel about this new plan? Does this violate the First Amendment? And this matter is not limited to just Catholics, but the Pro-Life believers in the U.S.

What do you think? Is this the right move?

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About Benjamin D. Peters

Ben is a reporter for The Missouri Times. Missouri State University alum, degree in media. http://SeeDisclaimer.com View all posts by Benjamin D. Peters

2 responses to “Obamacare Insurance Fires Up Catholics

  • nathanaelbassett

    I am a firm believer in pacifism and nonviolence. I consider this a spiritual/religious belief, stemming from the teachings of Jesus and Biblical passages (Mt 5.44, Mt 5.39, Lu 6.3, 27, 37, Luke 12.22, Mat 26.52, Mat 7.12, 1 Pet 3.9 , 1 Thes 5.15, Rom 12.2,17,19, etc.), as well as general Zen Buddhist principles regarding such things. Thich Nhat Hanh articulates the First Precept in this way:

    “Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I vow to cultivate compassion and learn ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.”

    I understand this is not a widely held viewpoint, but there is a good number who share or appreciate those beliefs, including 86 thousand Quakers, over 160 thousand Unitarians, 323 Mennonites, and innumerable unaffiliated or otherwise identifying peace churches.

    These are very strong and personal beliefs of mine, and I do my best to continually advocate and speak to their defense. However, ~54 cents of every dollar I pay in taxes (http://www.warresisters.org/pages/piechart.htm) goes towards the Department of Defense, various military budgets and discretionary spending which in turn funds the “War on Terror” and other foreign policies which have resulted in the deaths of hundereds upon hundreds of thousands of civilians and soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan (http://www.prosebeforehos.com/government_employee/09/11/perspective-on-911-and-the-invasions-of-iraq-afghanistan/), to say nothing of torture and execution committed in secret prisons and detention facilities run by the US around the planet.

    I can understand and respect the religious views of catholics with regards to not promoting sex for any purpose other than procreation, as much as I disagree. I feel that this is a good time for us to examine the plurality means by which federal tax monies are used in ways abhorrent to our religious beliefs. Perhaps Archbishop Dolan would like to comment on the excessive military budget in a spirit of camaraderie when talking about pro-life issues? Isn’t pacifism truly the essence of being pro-life?

  • Patrick OMalley

    It didn’t fire up Catholics. It fired up bishops.

    Catholic bishops are embarrassed that 98% of their congregation is having sex even though bishops tell them not to. Catholic bishops are embarrassed that 98% of their congregation are using birth control even though bishops tell them not to.

    Catholic bishops should be embarrassed that their priests raped children, that they lied about it, and that they bullied the victims when they came forward.

    If they handled child rape properly, the remaining Catholics might care when bishops tell them to stop having sex, but they don’t.

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