Autocam & CatholicVote file lawsuit against Dept. HHS to fight mandate

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Autocam Video – “In Good Conscience” :

What is the HHS Mandate?

When President Obama introduced the Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) there was general confusion as to what implications it would have regarding abortions and tax dollars being spent on morally objectionable services. Yet, the situation became worse towards the end of 2011. That is when it became apparent that not only were abortion services going to be covered by the national health care plan, but that in fact all health insurance plans were going to be required to cover sterilization,  abortion-inducing drugs, and other morally objectionable services and medications due to the mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The HHS mandate, as it has become known, was directed by Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. It requires all businesses and organizations (except for a very limited number that are exempt via a very narrow exception) to cover these services. At that point, several organizations filed suit, separate and distinct from the major lawsuit that was upheld this summer by the Supreme Court.

Most employers and Catholic organizations realized that there was no choice but to oppose the mandate on constitutional grounds, as it was morally repugnant to their religious beliefs. Most Catholics believe it is morally unacceptable to comply with the law, and therefore it must be challenged, rather than comply with it.

Fighting Back Against the HHS Mandate:

John Kennedy, CEO of Autocam (Grand Rapids, MI), is one of the brave business owners fighting back against the HHS Mandate. As a Catholic, the things mandated to be covered within the health care plans that John provides his associates are contrary to John’s deeply held religious beliefs. So John, together with CatholicVote, is fighting back.

On Monday, October 8th, 2012, John Kennedy, through the Legal Defense Fund, filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services, and its Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (a Catholic). The purpose of the suit is to compel the court to strike down the mandate as unconstitutional.

John has also filmed a web-video and television advertisement that informs others about this fight. The video is being circulated to national media, will be featured on the website, and will air on television on several stations around the country between now and the election. (See the video below.)

The Origins of the Lawsuit:

Autocam employs over 1500 people world wide, and 680 people in the United States and offers top of the line health insurance that includes no-cost preventative services. Because of the HHS Mandate, John is being forced to choose between violating his Catholic faith by providing the HHS required services in his health plan or dropping coverage from his employees. Neither option is acceptable to John, and that is why he is filing suit.

Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius Resources & Information:

How you can help:

The lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be expensive. We need your help to make sure that John, his associates, and millions of other people across the country aren’t forced by the government to choose between doing the right thing and violating their religious beliefs.

Help us today and do your part to protect religious freedom!

Press & Media Coverage:

This page is dedicated to Autocam’s lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (Dept. HHS). The HHS Mandate went into effect on August 1st, 2012. The page will be updated as developments occur in the lawsuit, and as new information becomes available.


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  • Joseph Pring

    We will pray to our Lord that He will not let this happen….

  • Dan Hueckel

    I respond to the “So-Called” Catholic, Nancy Pelosi. When will the Bishops of this Country Wake UP! They need to start EXCOMMUNICATING “Idiots” like Pelosi. Will that Happen? I doubt it. Only because we have TOO many Priests and Bishops voting for the Party that Supports Abortion. When you folks at Catholic Vote start calling out the real problem in the Abortion Issue, “The Catholic Church”, then I will start contributing……Dan

  • Marilyn Marcelli

    Please send me information for an alternative to Aral if you can. Thank you!

  • Marcy

    I was appalled, too, when my mom showed me the survey. The first sign it was extremely slatted was using the term Obamacare and not Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It only got worse from there. The survey didn’t list a single part of the law supported by the majority (the elimination of pre-existing conditions, young adults able to stay on their parents insurance until age 26). I fully agree with Mr. Sanderson. The tone of the survey, the questionable data, and reference to Castro are inexcusable. My fear is moderate Catholics will do what my mom almost did-throw the ridiculous survey away. Thank you, Mr. Sanderson, for being a voice of reason and for not being silent.

  • Donld Bramble

    GOOGLE the word ”HERETIC’ and you will find the definition — “A baptized Roman Catholic who willfully and persistently rejects any article of faith.”

    Using this definition I would say that all who claim to be Catholic, in both state and federal office, are skating on thin ice. This can also be said of those who vote them into office.
    You can not be a Catholic in good standing and support abortion, same sex marriage, artifical conterception, ect.

    Church Law, much the same as civil law, states that those who assist are as guilty as those who do the act.



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