As you know, I have been a long-time supporter of the charitable organization Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns that works with our nation's poorest, especially impoverished senior citizens without family or proper means of support. Laura Ingraham Show listeners have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Sisters saintly work over the years, and I am an avid believer of their charitable commitment. Now because of Obamacare regulations and the contraception/sterilization mandate, the Little Sisters may be out of business in the U.S.
Read the account in The Daily Caller
The Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a long-term exemption from Obamacare’s healthcare mandate. The law requires the order to provide government-approved health insurance to its 300 sisters who tend to the elderly in 30 U.S. cities. The exception is needed, said Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the Little Sisters’ communications director, because Catholic teaching opposes contraception and medical treatments that cause sterility or can cause abortions. President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul law requires employers to include those services in qualifying health care plans they provide for their employees. Failure to comply will bring hefty fines — even for religious orders whose members have taken vows of poverty.
Please urge the Health & Human Services Dept to allow the Sisters to have the religious exemption to the Obamacare mandate, lest they go the way of Catholic adoptions in Massachusetts (now shut down). Call Kathleen Sebelius: (202) 690-7000, or email her: Kathleen.Sebelius@hhs.gov