Radio show hosts Leslie Marshall and Michael Graham debated the topic Monday morning on Fox News, specifically in reference to how Obamacare’s mandate harms the religious freedom of Catholic Christians in America.
Jen and her husband, North Carolina residents, selected a health insurance plan that had a low monthly premium. The Blue Advantage Saver offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of North Carolina worked for them and fit their needs.
They received a letter dated September 24, 2013 that said, “We value your continued membership and want to let you know about some changes.”
But Jen found that the letter was about more than “some changes” as she read through the infuriating letter. The letter outlined the three key ways her health care plan would be affected “due to the ACA regulations.” Her BCBS plan would no longer be offered in 2014 because it did not match up to Obamacare requirements; it its stead, they offered her a “new plan that both meets the guidelines of the ACA and offers all the features you’re used to from BCBS.”
Obamacare’s Anti-Conscience Mandate
The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will take up two cases challenging the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate. The anti-conscience mandate is a violation of employers’ First Amendment right of free exercise of religion, which is also guaranteed by the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA).
Who is Dr. Craig Beyer?
Dr. Craig Beyer, a practicing ophthalmologist and LASIK eye surgeon, is an innovative physician who at one time thought President Obama might bring some good ideas to the table in D.C. and voted for Mr. Obama in 2008. Then reality set in; Dr. Beyer quickly saw how Obamacare was going to adversely affect his practice and medicine in America more generally. He didn’t make the same mistake in the 2012 election.
When Mr. Obama was first running for office, Dr. Beyer was under the impression that he would reform Medicare physician reimbursement as part of Obamacare, making it fairer to doctors. But instead, Obamacare changed Medicare in ways that allow the federal government and bureaucrats to micromanage doctors even more. For example, as Heritage explains:
Obamacare mandates a 2 percent reduction in Medicare physician payments for doctors that do “not satisfactorily submit data” to Washington officials, and a 1 percent reduction for physicians who fail to follow bureaucrat-defined “cost” metrics.