Sen. Hatch: Opposing Obamacare Regulation a ‘Matter of Great Religious Freedom’

November 7, 2013 - 11:39 AM

Orrin Hatch

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said on Tuesday that protecting businesses from the Affordable Care Act regulation that requires them to provide services that violate their moral beliefs is a “matter of great religious freedom.”

CNSNews.com asked Hatch about President Barack Obama’s promise that if people liked their health insurance plan they would be able to keep it and how that relates to businesses being allowed to have plans that don’t pay for services that are against their religious convictions, including abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives.

CNSNews.com asked Hatch: After President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act he said that if you liked your health insurance plan you can keep it – no one can take it away from you. Was that a true or false statement?

“Well, he thought it was true, but it was false, and he should have known, because there’s no way that that bill could have done what he said it would do,” Hatch said.

CNSNews.com then asked about Hobby Lobby, whose Christian owners have sued the government over Obama’s regulation. In addition, all Catholic bishops of the United States have unanimously declared the regulation an "unjust and illegal mandate" that violates the "personal civil rights" of individual Americans.

“Well, these are very important issues, because, you know, I’m the one who – I’m one of those who put through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and I believe that will protect Hobby Lobby and other similarly situated businesses,” Hatch said. “It’s a matter of great religious freedom.”

Hatch was an original sponsor of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which the Senator has maintained can be applied to the ACA, or Obamacare. Since Obamacare became law in 2010, two more bills addressing protection of religious conscious have been introduced in the Senate. Both were read and referred to committee.

The complete exchange between CNSNews.com and Hatch follows:

CNSNews.com: After President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, he said that if you liked your health insurance plan you can keep it – no one can take it away from you. Was that a true or false statement?

Hatch: Well, he thought it was true, but it was false, and he should have known, because there’s no way that that bill could have done what he said it would do.

CNSNews.com: What about people like Hobby Lobby …?

Hatch: Well, these are very important issues because, you know, I’m the one who – I’m one of those who put through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and I believe that will protect Hobby Lobby and other similarly situated businesses. It’s a matter of great religious freedom.

And even though that was found to not apply to the states, it does apply to the federal government, and it’s a very, very important bill, and I’m glad it’s getting – well it has been getting some very good acceptance by the courts.