Congressman Tim Huelskamp

Representing the 1st District of Kansas

D.C. Court of Appeals Strikes A Blow to ObamaCare HHS Mandate

Nov 1, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC. – The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today struck another blow against the HHS mandate within ObamaCare. The case concerns the Catholic owners of two for-profit businesses who opposed providing contraception, sterilization, and abortion in their company’s health insurance plans.  In a 2-1 ruling, the Justices found that the HHS mandate of ObamaCare trammels the right of free exercise—a right that lies at the core of our constitutional liberties.

Congressman Tim Huelskamp made the following statement:

“This ruling is a preliminary victory for people of conscience who are opposed to being forced by this President to offer products and services that they are morally objectionable. This is simple stuff. And the DC Circuit opinion was a clear rebuke of President Obama’s assault on religious liberty. In America, religious liberty is a primary freedom.

We are guaranteed freedom of conscience and we cannot be forced to act against our faith by government bullies. Abortion drugs and contraceptives should not be forced down the throats of people of conscience. I applaud the DC Circuit and it is my hope that should this issue go to the Supreme Court, that they will uphold our 1st Amendment rights.”

More than 75 cases involving over 200 plaintiffs have been brought against the Obama Administration, including high profile suits by Hobby Lobby, Hercules Industries and Little Sisters of the Poor. Congressman Huelskamp remains at the forefront of fighting for religious liberty and conscience.