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2 federal courts dismiss lawsuits against HHS mandate

Catholic World News - November 30, 2012

Two US district courts have dismissed lawsuits by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Diocese of Nashville, and other Catholic institutions against the HHS mandate.

“While I am disappointed in the ruling that our lawsuit cannot proceed at this time based on the very narrow argument that we allegedly have no real damages yet from the Health and Human Services mandate, I am very encouraged that it was ‘dismissed without prejudice,’” said Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh. “That means that we have every right to file again in the future.”

Bishop Zubik added:

We will now await in good faith the accommodation to religious freedom that the federal government has claimed it will offer. However, we must all be aware that no modification to the original HHS mandate in regard to religious freedom has yet been made.

Other courts have reached differing conclusions in the challenges to the HHS mandate, so this remains fluid. I do want to make clear, however, that we cannot and will not negotiate away our constitutional rights to religious freedom and religious expression.

Following a different federal court’s dismissal of its lawsuit, the Diocese of Nashville said in a statement that the ruling “does not foreclose the bringing of similar claims once the alleged administrative change to the mandate takes place.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 30, 2012 3:04 PM ET USA

    This article recalls the Obamacare tax law that was passed in a special way so that we could find out what was in it. Yesterday was the last day of open enrollment for health insurance at my job. My coverage statement shows that I am paying more than $500/month and my employer is paying more than $700/month for my health benefits. The statement also shows that next year under Obamacare my contribution will increase by almost $140/month and my employer's by almost $185. Total increase: $321/month

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