Catholic Business Owners Go to Court Over Health Care Mandate
A business owned by a family of practicing Catholics have taken on ObamaCare in court and won. The Newland family owns Hercules Industries and has expressed a moral objection to the health care law’s contraception mandate. The mandate, which is going into effect on August 1st, requires employers to guarantee access to free birth control in employees’ health insurance plans.
President and CEO of the company, William Newland told Shannon Bream on America’s News HQ, “We feel that all Americans deserve the right to follow their religious freedom. All Americans, including family business owners, have the right to live and do business according to their faith.
And these fundamental principles are being denied us and taken away from us through this HHS mandate.”
Matthew Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom argued the case for the company and he joined Bream in studio. The judge ordered that the mandate can’t be enforced on Hercules Industries while the case is playing out. Bowman said he’s confident the judge will rule in favor of the company. He said, “This is the first court to consider the question of whether the government can use ObamaCare to stifle the very religious freedom that it has been sworn to protect.”