Obama healthcare mandate as a consumer issue


The White House recently announced that under the Obamacare health care mandate, “any organization that offers health insurance to employees will be forced to cover contraception, abortion, sterilization, and abortaficients—no matter what their objections.”

This announcement provoked major opposition among religious communities such as the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention. On Friday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “denounced Barack Obama’s compromise over whether to require religiously affiliated institutions to provide contraception to female employees, saying the proposal raises ‘serious moral concerns.’”

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission commented, “Southern Baptists and people of other various faith communities are outraged with President Obama’s so-called compromise on his administration’s abortion mandate. In his attempt to mollify his radical pro-abortion supporters, President Obama has declared that individual conscience is subject to government edict.”

Obama’s mandate to buy insurance covering items which violate our faith forces each of us to make a choice- a choice between our God and our government.  Ultimately, life is about choices and if this mandate stands, we will be forced to make one. Consumer choices include: who we vote for, what we buy and even where we attend church.

Obama’s health care mandate is an issue of religious freedom, but also one of consumer choice. It is a consumer-facing issue for which we have an obligation as Christian consumers. Let’s make sure our money supports things compatible with our spiritual beliefs and convictions.  Whether you stand on your faith or bend to Obama’s mandate, either way we have the choice.

As Christians, we have the responsibility to speak out against a government mandate that compromises our deeply held religious convictions.

Some elites claim “separation of church and state.” Prayer has been removed from our schools, the Ten Commandments are taken out of our courts, and  even Christmas trees have been banned from public places. And now there is a rule mandating religious institutions provide their employees with contraception, sterilization, and abortion—a practice many do not support. It seems that Christianity is not only being removed from the public forum, but from our churches as well.

According to USA Today, “while challenges of the rule could take legal and legislative assaults, the White House and the Obama re-election campaign are comfortable with the rule, believing most Americans—and particularly most women—are on their side.”

Additionally, one Huffington Post critic said “a majority of Catholic women support the administration’s rule” and that the Church “will dictate to the flock, despite the fact that their dictates are not being listened to by their own people.”

Why is it that the Administration believes a majority of women, even Catholic women, would support the mandate? AsFaith Driven Consumers, we must step up and realize that our faith matters and we must support leadership that aligns with our Biblically-based values. The choice is ours. It is a matter of our willingness to do something about our convictions.

As Faith Driven Consumers, we must exercise our choice in voting for politicians and buying from companies which support our Christian values. Let’s encourage companies and politicians who share our Biblical values.

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