Posted By LambChop
August 1, 2013 marks the expiration date on safe harbor, the “amnesty” for religious charities objecting to provisions of Obamacare. After August, nonprofits will be required to provide insurance that includes free contraception, sterilization, and abortion drugs despite any religious objections that the organization may have.
Who will enforce this? The IRS. Yep. The same IRS who has targeted religious groups (including pro-Israel organizations), Tea Party organizations, educational groups that focus on the U. S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, and traditional marriage and family organizations. What could go wrong?
The IRS will force nonprofit employers to violate their religious beliefs and comply with the Obama administration’s vision of selective sexual morality or pay large fines to be collected by the IRS. The fines are astronomical. Sebelius’ Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate spells out that the consequence to the organization for refusing to comply will be $100 per employee, per day – costing some groups thousands or even millions of dollars.
Conservatives began sounding the alarm on the violations of privacy once it became apparent that Obama was serious about ramming Obamacare through – by any means necessary. Obamacare allows the IRS to evaluate religious organizations’ actions and to decide what constitutes practicing religious activity in order to pick who gets a “conscience” exemption under the guise of “healthcare.” This is a violation of privacy at best and an overreaching unconstitutional intrusion of prohibiting the free exercise of religion at worst. Time to repeal.