Upton Applauds Court Decision to Halt HHS Mandate

July 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) made the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge John Kane issued an injunction on the Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate on Hercules Industries to provide drugs or services that violate their religious or moral conviction:

Upton said, “The Obama administration tried to use the unprecedented and unchecked power of the health care law to justify this attack on religious freedom. This case is just the latest chapter of how Obamacare can and will change the daily lives of every American - in ways that we still don't even know given the thousands of pages of regulations that have resulted from the 2,700 page law and the thousands more to come. But today, the Court granted a temporary reprieve from this unacceptable and unworkable mandate. Other challenges should likewise be granted to shield Americans from a law that violates their core beliefs, which are protected by the most fundamental constitutional principles.

“I am pleased with the Court’s ruling, but I am disappointed that the judicial system was forced to interject on an infringement on Americans’ religious freedom that never should have happened in the first place. I continue to support the family businesses and faithful organizations around the country that are working to permanently block this unjust policy.”

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