As many of you know, we joined with John Kennedy, the CEO of Autocam, and filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration on Monday. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the HHS Mandate.
Kathryn Lopez, an occasional contributor here at CatholicVote and well known National Review writer, recently interviewed John Kennedy about the suit. It takes a deeper look at exactly why Kennedy is going forward with this suit.
Since the suit was filed, the comment boxes on our blog, as well as the news sites that have covered the story, have lit up with commentary from people on both sides of the issue. One of the main attacks that Kennedy has faced is people accusing him of imposing his beliefs on his employees.
Lopez asked him about that:
LOPEZ: What business of yours is it what your employees do in their personal lives, with their health care?
KENNEDY: I am not trying to prevent access to anything that’s legal in the U.S. today. I don’t tell my employees how to live their lives or how to make decisions about family planning or abortion. In fact, our employees can purchase anything that the IRS defines as a “medical expense” — including a surgical abortion — with pre-tax dollars through their HSAs (health savings accounts). I’m simply trying to ensure that my family does not spend our money in a way that directly supports conduct that violates our deeply held beliefs.
This really is about principle for Kennedy, and isn’t just some political stunt or soap-box. In fact, Kennedy addresses that question as well:
LOPEZ: Why sue now? Is it an election stunt?
KENNEDY: It’s anything but an election stunt. We’re suing now because, if we don’t obtain relief from the court, we will be forced to choose between the three unsustainable options that I outlined above by January 1, 2013. In fact, we need to make a decision by November 1, 2012, in order to continue to offer health care next year. The mandate does take effect in the midst of the election season, and we hope that that fact will help us raise awareness and influence health-care policy in a way that prevents the violation of our first freedoms and makes it possible for employers like Autocam to offer high-quality insurance.
But most importantly, spread the message. The number one most effective method of informing and changing the hearts and minds of people is always one-to-one contact. So email our post about this issue to a friend or fellow parishioner and then follow it up with a phone call. With only a few weeks left before the election, we need to make sure every Catholic knows what hangs in the balance.