Conveniently, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by asking whether the ACA created a mandate or a tax on the American public. It ignored equally compelling questions involving individual religious liberties under the First Amendment.
The Supreme Court reasoned a mandate requiring individuals to purchase a commercial product would be unconstitutional, and then said it is a constitutionally protected tax under the commerce clause.
In doing so, the court ignored the clear intent of Congress. The record is replete with majority Democrat supporters in the House and Senate, arguing the act was a mandate instead of a tax because they feared being seen as raising taxes.
Since its enactment, religious organizations, compelled to provide unsupportable benefits and subsidies to others not sharing these convictions, objected vigorously. Religious institutions have hired attorneys and filed lawsuits to restore their institutional religious freedoms. This is as it should be.
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Unfortunately, no one has launched a lawsuit protecting the First Amendment religious liberties of individuals who oppose abortion and birth control or those who feel that their freedom to act in accordance with their religious convictions protects them from financially supporting those who do not. In this regard, it is startling that the citizens for whom the Bill of Rights was created are forgotten.
Unless and until the Supreme Court reverses its illogical, convoluted decision on the ACA or Congress repeals this destructive law outright, citizens should simply refuse to participate in the ACA as conscientious objectors.
Paul S. Egan