Friday, June 29, 2012

Controversial Supreme Court decision on "Obamacare"

Much has been written about the Supreme Court decision on "Obamacare" and by now, you will have heard that the Supreme Court on Thursday June 28th voted to uphold President Obama’s health care law in a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts providing the decisive swing vote, declaring the hotly contested individual mandate to be a tax.
Roberts wrote,
“The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part…[the Individual Mandate] cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress’s power under the commerce clause”.
However, he then goes on to say,
“In this case, however, it is reasonable to con­strue what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Con­gress’s power to tax”.
President Obama responded quickly, urging “it’s time for us to move forward.”

Manhattan Declaration. org writes
Though the ruling does indeed provide the final word on the constitutionality of certain provisions of the law, including the crucial “individual mandate,” we must remember what it does not say. Today’s decision says nothing about the contraception mandate, nor does it address the question of abortion funding. Lawsuits on these specific questions continue to make their way through the justice system.

Had the law been struck down these questions would be moot. But now, more than ever, advocates of life and the rights of religious conscience must pray for justice and support our partners in the legal battle.
Th Manhattan Declaration statement also gives information on three resources which can be accessed for up to date information as follows

The Alliance Defense Fund has created a page of resources to better understand the implications of Obamacare. Visit

The Becket Fund is partnering with Catholic and evangelical institutions suing the administration, including Belmont Abbey College and Colorado Christian University. Becket has created HHS Information Central with cases, maps, a timeline, and other resources.

The Colson Center has developed a page with regular updates on the religious liberty questions still in play.