Sept. 21, 2012
-- BOHEMIA, NY – “The president’s opponents point at what they call his record of failure as justification for firing him in November, but his record of achievement – namely the passage of ObamaCare – may be his undoing come the election,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
The more people learn about the 2400-page Affordable Care Act [ACA], the stronger the opposition grows, Weber noted. “A clear majority of Americans want to see the health care law overturned, 53% to 42%, according to Rasmussen Reports. But seniors are overwhelmingly in favor of repealing ObamaCare, 59% to 35%. That’s a 24 point spread.”
There are a variety of reasons for the law’s lack of support, not the least of which is concern about the damage it will do to Medicare, particularly when you consider that some $716 billion will be siphoned from Medicare to pay for new ObamaCare entitlements, the AMAC chief pointed out.
“Then there’s the fact that the independent experts who’ve analyzed it say that seniors are likely to lose their coveted Medicare Advantage programs as a result of ObamaCare,” Weber continued. “And, there is great concern that law’s Independent Patient Advisory Board has so much unchecked power that it could wind up acting as a means of rationing health care to the elderly.”
He called the law “perhaps the most insidious piece of legislation ever enacted by the U.S. Congress. It’s a not-so-veiled attempt to minimize our Constitutional rights,” he said. “ObamaCare’
abortion mandate clearly goes against the spirit and the letter of the First Amendment, which guarantees religious freedom.”
Numerous lawsuits have been filed by religious colleges and universities across the country challenging the Constitutionality of the mandate. The latest suit was filed by Missouri’s College of the Ozarks on September 17, Constitution Day. A statement issued in conjunction with the school’s challenge said in part:
“The College’s compliance with its sincerely-held religious beliefs is the exercise of religion within the meaning of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. The Mandate, narrowly-crafted religious employer exemption, and “safe harbor” make it impossible for the College to comply with its religious beliefs. The enforcement of these provisions violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.”
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