The Obama administration has revised the HHS mandate rules after losing the Hobby Lobby case. The revised mandate states that it may be in violation of “conscience rights” of businesses Life News reports. Non-profit organizations must officially notify the government if they disagree with the HHS mandate for religious reasons.
Arina Grossu, Center for the Human Dignity director at the Family Research Council, believes that the revision is covering up the larger problem of the high fines for organizations that wish to opt out of the mandate.
“What remains an insulting accounting gimmick does not protect the rights of Americans with sincere conscientious objections. It is simply another clerical layer to an already existing accounting gimmick that does nothing to protect religious freedom because the employer still remains the legal gateway by which these drugs and services will be provided to their employees. It’s very disappointing that the Obama administration is doubling down on its plans to punish charities and non-profits that assist the poor and homeless, who in some cases have nowhere else to turn for assistance,” Grossu said.
“If these charities and non-profits follow their conscience and decline to participate in the meaningless accounting gimmick, the administration will make them pay huge penalties accruable on a daily basis — one hundred dollars per employee per day.”
Publication date: August 25, 2014