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Hundreds protest Obama’s policies

Published: Sat, March 24, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Church representatives target health-care law

By Marc Kovac



Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a federal building a few blocks from the Ohio Statehouse to voice their opposition to health-care policies implemented under President Barack Obama.

Many represented church communities that want to block a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate requiring employer health-insurance plans to provide contraceptives to workers, a move opposed by Catholic universities and hospitals and other church-affiliated organizations.

“Who was it that promised there would be no abortion [under] Obamacare, but now there is?” asked Don Brey, an attorney and one of the featured speakers at Friday’s protest. “Who promised that you can keep your current health-care plan in Obamacare, but now you can’t? Who promised that they are going to respect the traditional respect of religious freedoms in the rule-implementing procedures, and now this is what we have?”

The Columbus event was one in a series of gatherings nationally under the banner “Stand Up For Religious Freedom” and came just days before the U.S. Supreme Court takes up federal health-care mandates backed by the president.

Those deliberations are starting near the second anniversary of the controversial federal law, which supporters say is needed to ensure access to health care for all.

“Today, two years after we passed health-care reform, more young adults have insurance, more seniors are saving money on their prescription drugs, and more Americans can rest easy knowing they won’t be dropped from their insurance plans if they get sick,” President Barack Obama said in a released statement. “The law has made a difference for millions of Americans, and over time, it will help give even more working and middle-class families the security they deserve.”

But protesters said contraception rules and other federal mandates are an unconstitutional intrusion into private health-care decisions and citizens’ right to worship as they please.

“I think this was a deliberate intention to take out the religious beliefs from all health care so that he can shut down Catholic hospitals, so that he could shut down anybody bringing up objections to abortion, so that now he controls all the hospitals, he controls the health care,” said Michael Parker, a doctor representing the Catholic Medical Association. “He can tell you what to do, where you’re going to do it and how you’re going to do it.”

Brey said Obama and federal officials should have known there would be widespread opposition from churchgoers to their policy decisions.


1redeye1(5351 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Sounds to me that America is finally waking up to what this lying prez is all about.

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2Photoman(1102 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The European press has repeatedly tried to warn us not to follow in their path yet their warnings have been ignored by the current administration and the selling of our nation continues. Our president, about whom so little is known, was constructed by the DNC and he will be reelected. When that occurs, we will be unleashing powers which previous presidents would never have considered using and the dirge for our country will be heard.

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3Education_Voter(1014 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I am still stunned that these people would try to stop people from claiming the benefits of their own PRIVATE, earned health insurance.

So if you work for St. Elizabeth or Georgetown University the insurance provider is supposed to make a custom plan for you that carves out benefits that everyone else on the plan gets.

And this is what these people think is worth protesting. That others be allowed to make their own private medical decisions. Instead those decisions have to be made by a Church that, for many employees of St. E's, is not their own church.

For that matter, even if it is my own Church, I don't want my priest or minister making my medical decisions.

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4busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I am not saying that the Affordable Health Care Act is great, but it is a start. Wait until all these people that are protesting have their companies they work for file bankruptcy and cancel you health insurance. This is happening people. Check out the stats after the last recession. You think people would die under Obama Care, wait until you do not have the affordable means to get those test, xrays and screenings to prevent fatal health situations. The death squads as the non believers call them will turn in the sucide support groups, when it is too late. We will be paying Hospice instead of treatment centers. Oh and bye the way, now the bottom feeders will have to pay something, instead of the tax payers paying for all of their health issues.

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