Boehner: HHS Mandate 'Violates Our Constitution'


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ABSTRACTBoehner: HHS Mandate ‘Violates Our Constitution’ - By Kathryn Jean Lopez - The Corner - National Review Online Get FREE NRO Newsletters   Log In   |   Register Follow Us Everywhere         April 16 Issue  Subscribe to NR  Renew  April 16 Issue   |   Subscribe   |   Renew Home The Corner The Agenda Campaign Spot The Home Front Right Field Bench Memos The Feed Media Blog Critical Condition Larry Kudlow David Calling Exchequer Phi Beta Cons Planet Gore UK Between the Covers Radio Derb Tweet Tracker NR / Digital Subscribe: NR Subscribe: NR / Digital Give: NR / Digital NR Renewals & Changes Shop! Donate Media Kit Contact Close To: Your Email: Your Name: Subject: Zubrin: Carbon Emissions Are Good Derbyshire: March Diary Costa: The Ron Johnson Factor Hanson: Iran’s Win, Win, Win Bomb Habeeb: Too Young to Die Sowell: Argument from Disparity Charen: Violence and Family Breakdown Fonte: Saving Sovereignty Prager: They Don’t Know Us Lowry: Meltdown with Keith Olbermann Pipes: It’s Not Road Rage, It’s Terrorism O'Sullivan: The Significant ‘Little War’ Lopez: Desperately Seeking Women Ponnuru: The Culture Warrior Geraghty: Senate 2012 Outlook Fund: Penny Anti Interview: Ringing a Bell for Liberty Barone: The Constitution’s Comeback Sowell: The Death of Mrs. G Murdock: Socialist Hong Kong? New on NRO . . . The Corner The one and only. About This Blog Archive E-Mail RSS Send Print   |  Text   Boehner: HHS Mandate ‘Violates Our Constitution’ By  Kathryn Jean Lopez February 2, 2012 12:37 P.M. Comments 8 From Speaker of the House John Boehner’s press briefing this morning: Q: Mr. Speaker, I know just outside your district there are a number of religious affiliated hospitals that are prominent. The Christ Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Good Samaritan. With this debate over contraception, do you think these hospitals that receive Federal money should have to give up their church doctrine to adhere to that or should it be the other way around? Speaker Boehner: There is obviously a lot of opposition to the announcement by the. Secretary of Health and Human Services, to requiring religious organizations to violate their beliefs in ordering that all insurance policies provide certain contraceptive benefits. I think this mandate violates our Constitution. I think it violates the rights of these religious organizations, and I would hope that the administration would back up and take another look at this.  New on The Corner. . . Walsh: Glass Ceiling, Glass Jaw Comments (0) Costa: Gingrich Blasts Obama's 'Distortion' Comments (0) Levin: Obama’s America Comments (6) Advertisement Log In to Post a Comment COMMENTS   8 EXPAND   Interested Observer    02/02/12 12:55 Religious organizations do not have to violate their beliefs. They are under no compulsion to take Federal money in the first place, so they do in fact have a choice here. If you want Federal dollars however, you do have to abide by the rules the Federal government sets. The claim that this is unconstitutional is bogus. Reply to this comment Link Report Abuse Hoystory    02/02/12 14:11 Both the reporter who asked the original question and you are wrong on the facts. This has ZERO to do with accepting federal funds or not. This is a requirement of EMPLOYING people who are not of your faith or of SERVING people who are not of your faith. These hospitals could reject every government penny and they would still have to abide by the rule promulgated last week. Reply to this comment Link Report Abuse a small thought    02/02/12 14:15 Interested Observer, You're mistaken. The rule covers all employers regardless of whether they take federal money or not. If you don't take federal dollars, you still have to comply with the rule. Reply to this comment Link Report Abuse Bruzazki    02/02/12 15:56 IO, you are mixing two issues. First, the Federal requirement that medical facilities receiving Federal dollars must provide abortions, contraception, etc. your sentiment is valid, but it is not applied to other providers. To take a hot example, Planned Parenthood receives Federal money to provide cancer sccreenings, but largely does not provide them; they refer patients to other providers that perform mammograms. Neither is PP being required by the Federal government to .......