The Supreme Court ruled today to uphold the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (known as “Obamacare”). Many people are asking today, “what impact does this ruling have on the recent controversy over conscience protection and religious liberty?” and, “what impact does this ruling have on the HHS mandate?” Many people are confused about the difference between these two “mandates.”
Important point: the Supreme Court did not uphold the HHS mandate. The court upheld the requirement under Obamacare that every person buy health insurance. This is the individual mandate–it is different from, and not closely related to, the HHS mandate. The individual mandate was part of a law passed by Congress. The HHS mandate is a law enacted by bureaucrats, with no legislative oversight and ignoring citizen input.
Individual mandate: requires that every person buy health insurance. Upheld by Supremes.
HHS mandate: requires that every employer (>50 employees) provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs as a part of employee health plans. Was not addressed in this legal action.
What now for the fight for religious liberty, and the fight against the HHS mandate? Our work becomes even more urgent, even more important. The multitude of lawsuits by states, businesses, universities, hospitals, and dioceses will continue to work their way through the courts. We must continue to work against this government intrusion on our religious liberties.
We must continue to make it clear to our elected officials at all levels: the HHS mandate is an unjust law. An unjust law cannot be obeyed; it must be repealed.