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Obama Administration’s Position on HHS Mandate “Unproductive,” Says USA Today

The Obama administration should grant a more expansive religious exemption to the HHS mandate, so says the editorial board of USA Today.

In an opinion piece, the board argues that the exemption is too narrowly defined and that the Obama administration’s position is “constitutionally suspect, politically foolish and ultimately unproductive.”

The board narrates how the Administration is battling with the Little Sisters of the Poor, who, along with Catholic colleges, hospitals and other religiously affiliated groups, are not exempt from the HHS mandate. 

“Talk about a political loser,” the board said in reference to the Administration arguing with the group of religious sisters.

The HHS mandate, which went into effect on January 1, forces employers to provide health insurance coverage of abortifacients, contraception and sterilization.

The Supreme Court will hear two cases by for-profit companies involving the constitutionality of the HHS mandate on March 25, as The Cardinal Newman Society previously reported.

Numerous suits filed by Catholic colleges have garnered mixed judgments from district and appellate courts.  Many expect that one or several of these lawsuits will eventually be heard by the Supreme Court as well.

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