What Will Your Religious Liberty Cost You? Obamacare Edition
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What Will Your Religious Liberty Cost You? Obamacare Edition

We know freedom isn’t free. And apparently, we are now going to find out exactly how much our religious freedom is going to cost. Matthew Clark at Charisma News says that “refusal to violate your faith” under Obamacare is going to cost you…a lot.

If you value your faith; if you are one of the millions of Americans who believe that abortion pills cause the destruction of innocent, God-given human life; if you are an employer who believes that being forced to pay for others’abortion pills is morally reprehensible, the Obama administration wants you to pay a dramatically steep price for your religious liberty.

The penalty for failure to abide by the Obamacare HHS abortion-pill mandate is an astounding $36,500 a year.

Employers who refuse to comply with the HHS mandate will be fined $100 a day, per employee.

For example, a business with 100 employees would face a fine of $3.65 million dollars a year for refusing to violate one’s faith.

To put this in perspective, consider this. A violation of Obamacare’s employer mandate, which requires all employers of more that 50 employees to provide health insurance for those employees, is limited under federal law to $2,000 per employee and excludes the first 30 employees from the calculation.

So in the same example as above, if the employer chose not to provide any insurance for his or her 100 employees, the fine would be $140,000 a year.

Clark, who is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the American Center for Justice and Law in the Washington, D.C., represents a number of families and businesses fighting the HHS mandate.

Meanwhile, Obamacare continues to struggle with its mangled website, limited enrollees, and millions who have lost health insurance coverage that they were promised they could keep.  Universal health care is turning out to be very expensive indeed, and it’s not only our dollars at risk. It’s our freedom.

Elise Hilton

Communications Specialist at Acton Institute. M.A. in World Religions.