Catholic business owners score win against ObamaCare mandate
Family gets victory in court
- Duration 5:02
- Date Jul 29, 2012
Family gets victory in court
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Some are calling it a modern day David vs Goliath story if they only owned business takes on obamacare in court and win at least for now.
The -- family practicing Catholics -- Hercules industries they stated that got a moral objection to the health care laws contraception mandate which would go into effect August 1.
Require employers to guarantee access to free birth control in their health insurance coverage for their employees.
That -- insurance companies have to provide employees with options for free contraceptives including birth control -- the morning after pill as well as services like sterilization in some cases.
Bill Clinton new land is in the -- of Hercules industries he joins us live from Denver and he's represented by Mac Wellman of the alliance and -- Who is here with me live in Washington welcome to you -- Thank him.
Welcome and thank you.
The -- and I want to start with you and ask about you're objections to being forced as an employer to carry out this particular mandate.
Shannon we feel that all Americans.
That the right to.
Follow their religious freedom all Americans including -- business owners.
Have the right to live and do business according to their faith.
And these fundamental principles are being denied us -- taken away from us that this HHS mandate.
Are right and that you argue the case obviously to this point very successfully you have an order in place from the judge that says.
This particular mandate can be enforced against Hercules industries while the case is playing out but from what -- -- and ordered her from the judge so far.
Are you confident you'll ultimately prevail on the merits.
We are Shannon and this is the first court to consider the question of whether the government can use Obama care.
To stifle the very religious freedom that it's been sworn to protect.
And bill really identify what's at stake in this case is every American including every family business owner can be freedom live and do business according to their fate this is why alliance defending freedom.
Brought this case because obamacare forces people to choose between two poison pills either abandon your faith.
Are faced these massive fines and government lawsuits so what the judge ruled in this case that the interest the government was claiming quote.
Pails in comparison unquote.
To -- infringement of the religious freedom of the family.
Whalen -- to bring you back in here because this is a pretty quick turnaround for federal court and in the case -- argued Wednesday you've got this order from the judge although again it's not the ultimate resolution of this case.
But the order came on Friday that the government can enforce this made it against your business.
What was your reaction when he got the news.
Well -- we're very gratified but let me just start Shannon by saying that.
My father started this business fifty years ago and he started did -- it.
That keep supply in this business he did it on its own contrary to maybe what our president would think.
He got nobody's help.
I watched him implement the moral -- used to ethical standards the conduct in the corporate culture that we.
Have today that's made this business successful profitable for fifty years.
And and now.
We are being asked to change that corporate culture.
My Brothers Jim Hall.
Who work and and in the business but the every day today and my sister Christine -- Reagan.
They they hold these values and treats justices dearly as I do it and we feel that taking these.
These issues -- what these decisions away from us affects our corporate culture.
What we have a president I think that.
Doesn't know much about building up a business but he certainly has.
A good ideas and how to -- went down again.
Family business owners have the right to.
Live and do business according to their religious for beliefs.
And quickly -- -- I -- ask you if you were to alternately lose on this issue with the court told you had it.
Make sure that these that -- -- were available to your employees because you offer health insurance would US some other business owners have said they would do.
Would you consider dropping health insurance coverage for your employees.
Well and that's it a good question candidate you know we have.
Our own religious.
Beliefs that we hold dear and we're asking by the federal government to as Mets had to choose between two poison pills and that is either comply.
And dessert our faith or.
Resistant be punished and village that's that this isn't that we don't want to be forced into.
No I know us we just don't wanna be forced into the -- what you have to face that choice she and that's really what's at stake in this case can the government force people to choose between their fate.
And -- living are serving their community.
We thank you both we will obviously keep an eagle -- on this case -- please keep us updated as you have development throughout.
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