With Obamacare Upheld, What Next?
by Fr. John Hollowell | Source: http://on-this-rock.blogspot.m
With word today that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare, many Catholics wonder what is next.
It would certainly have been quicker and more decisive to have the
Obamacare bill struck down today (and would have saved the Church lots
of legal bills moving forward), but the lawsuits that have been brought
forth by colleges, dioceses, hospitals and others now take center stage.
Some might ask "if the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare's
constitutionality today, what shot does the Church have in challenging
its constitutionality?" A good question, but not to worry, because the
Supreme Court today ruled that it is okay for the Federal Government to
require people to buy health care, but our Catholic gripe has to do with
HOW the Federal Government plans to implement the coverage - a topic
not considered by the Supreme Court yet.
The HHS mandate that has Catholics so concerned will be a completely
separate case, and I believe strongly that the Supreme Court will
eventually rule in favor of the Catholic Church.
It is important to remember that the Church isn't even de facto opposed
to universal health care, so in reality the Church really can be neutral
on today's ruling. The reason it may feel like a defeat is because we
already KNOW a gigantically disturbing aspect of HOW this particular
Obama brand of universal health care WILL be implemented, and so in that
sense, most Catholics would have liked to see the entire package struck
But again, the protest that the Church has been making all along has not
yet been considered by the Supreme Court, and there is certainly cause
for much optimism that when it reaches the Supreme Court, the HHS
Mandate which is at the heart of the Church's concern will be struck
To read more from Father John Hollowell go to: ON THIS ROCK
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