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Anthony Picarello, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ associate general secretary and general counsel, and Michael Moses, associate general counsel, on the Obama Administration’s Healthcare Compromise

May 15, 2012

We believe that this mandate is unjust and unlawful—it is bad health policy, and because it entails an element of government coercion against conscience, it creates a religious freedom problem. These moral and legal problems are compounded by an extremely narrow exemption that intrusively and unlawfully carves up the religious community into those that are deemed 'religious enough' for an exemption, and those that are not.

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