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Family Research Council puts politics before people in healthcare lawsuit

January 9, 2012, 3:58 pm | Posted by Dan Nejfelt

The Family Research Council announced today that they submitted a Supreme Court amicus brief on the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) arguing against the severability of the individual mandate from the rest of the law. In other words, FRC contends that if the court finds the requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance unconstitutional, then the whole law rather than just the individual mandate must be struck down.

Think about that for a second. Among other things, the Affordable Care Act protects people with pre-existing conditions from discrimination, has already resulted in 2.5 million young adults getting health insurance, makes prescription drugs much more affordable for seniors, bans the health insurance industry’s most abusive practices, and will expand coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans over the next several years. And FRC made a deliberate choice to argue that it all must be taken away if one part of the law is ruled unconstitutional. In short, they want the Supreme Court to take away protections that are alleviating hardship already and will save countless lives if the law is fully implemented. The consequences would be lethal.

With seemingly little interest in ensuring a feasible, alternative plan would be ready to step in and care for those who would suffer without these valuable protections, this supposedly pro-life organization is sending a clear message about their willingness to toss their values aside when partisan politics demands.

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