Catholic business owner sues government over Affordable Care Act mandate
Caroline MacGregor October 9, 2012 | WGVU
is a Catholic who does not believe he should have to comply with the
abortion-related mandates of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
headquarters for his company, Autocam, are located in Kentwood. More than 650 employees
work on parts and components for automotive fuel systems and medical
lawsuit claims the Affordable Care Act violates his religious beliefs by
forcing him to add abortion inducing drugs to his company’s health care
coverage plan but does nothing to improve access to or eliminate costs for medication like insulin or heart medication. He joins 90 other plaintiffs filing suit against the federal
"until the case can be heard"
Kennedy says regardless of who wins the election in November, the law needs to be changed and any perceived political motivation is to educate people on the need to change one particular aspect of the law.
"what they intended"
Kennedy says the Affordable Care Act forces businesses to provide healthcare that covers
drugs and procedures that violate the sanctity of human life. If he fails to comply, Kennedy claims his company
could lose up to $100 per day per employee or about $24 million a year. Consultants have suggested passing on the cost to staff - but that's not something he's comfortable with, given his relationship with employees. He says employers are being given the choice of compromising their religious convictions, removing all employee insurance
programs, or closing their business.
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