“The Day Religious Freedom Died”

Aug 1, 2012
“The Day Religious Freedom Died”

Rep. Kelly Leads GOP Freshman Class Press Conference

Marking Day One of the HHS Mandate

Washington, D.C. –Representative Mike Kelly led a GOP Freshman Class press conference today marking day one of the controversial HHS mandate, which will require all non-exempt employers to provide health care coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs or else pay a steep tax. For the millions of Americans who oppose this unconstitutional policy, August 1, 2012, will be known as the day religious freedom died.

According to the Congressional Research Service, insurers and employers that do not comply with the HHS mandate could face a federal tax of $100 per day per employee, or a yearly tax of $36,500 per employee.  So if you’re a small business owner who believes that these drugs violate your religious beliefs, you will be forced to choose between following your conscience or paying a punishing tax. If you employ only 50 people, that could mean a payout to the government of up to $1,825,000 each year. For many who are already struggling to survive in this Obama Economy, that is simply no choice at all.

Rep. Kelly issued the following statement:

“We need to stop worrying about political correctness and worry about correcting the politics of Washington before our constitutional rights continue to erode before our eyes. It’s time to turn the tide and turn back the unconstitutional HHS mandate, which is an undeniable and unprecedented attack on Americans’ First Amendment rights.

“Our freedoms and way of life have been under attack before, from both internal and external threats. If we fail to defend our constitutional rights, we risk losing the freedoms that so many brave men and women have given their lives to defend throughout the course of our nation’s history.

“We will not turn a blind eye to the HHS mandate’s attack on our religious freedom and we will work to stop this unconstitutional mandate from taking away our God-given and constitutionally protected rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”