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    The HHS Mandate and the Facts of Life

    Two families will be before the Supreme Court next week challenging the Obamacare mandate that requires employers—under threat of crippling fines—to provide coverage of potentially life-ending drugs and devices. To understand the mandate’s serious threat to religious freedom, some basic biology is helpful. An amicus brief filed by Americans United … More

    The Diversity of the Founding

    In the latest paper in the Makers of American Political Thought series, Colleen Sheehan looks at the long career of James Madison. In it, we see that “diversity” was a key component of the American Founding. Of course, Madisonian diversity had nothing to do with tallying up racial, ethnic, or … More

    Protecting the Many Victims of Obamacare

    Yesterday, Representatives Diane Black (R–TN), Jeff Fortenberry (R–NE), and John Fleming (R–LA) introduced the Healthcare Conscience Rights Act, which seeks to protect the constitutional freedom of individuals and employers to live and act in accordance with their deeply held beliefs. The Obamacare mandate that forces almost all employers to provide … More

    A Win for Religious Freedom in Illinois

    On Tuesday, the state of Illinois declined to appeal a recent loss in the Illinois Court of Appeals, which ruled in late September that the state cannot force pharmacists and pharmacies to stock and dispense abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their religious beliefs. The Illinois Attorney General’s decision marks the … More

    How Conservatives Reach Out to Hispanics: Heritage Libertad Radio

    How can conservatives connect with Hispanics? What exactly is religious liberty? These are just two of the many questions answered in this month’s installment of The Heritage Libertad podcast. We’ve asked Brittney Morrett of the Libre Initiative and Kristina Arriaga of the Becket Fund to join us. The English version … More

    VIDEO: Rep. Larry Bucshon and Phyllis Schlafly at Bloggers Briefing

    Before he was elected to represent Indiana’s 8th congressional district, freshman Republican Rep. Larry Bucshon earned his medical degree and specialized in cardiothoracic (heart) surgery for more than a decade. His experience as a doctor gives him a clear insight into the impact of the Affordable Care Act legislation upheld … More

    Was Yesterday's Oversight Hearing Really 'All-Male'?

    No. It’s that simple. A number of House members and senators have been circulating this picture of the first panel from yesterday’s House Oversight Committee hearing, which featured five clergymen, decrying it as an “all-male hearing,” in the words of Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). A number of Murray’s Senate colleagues, … More

    Liberals Scramble to Avoid Talking About the Constitution

    President Obama has been accused of violating the Constitution with two high-profile decisions over the last month. Polling and reactions from elected officials reveal an important truth: the Constitution is a winning political issue – Americans respect it and want their leaders to adhere to it. Most recently, the administration … More

    As Heritage Predicted, Obamacare Burdens Freedom of Conscience

    The enormous storm brewing over health care in the last several years has included debate on everything from costs of care to covering the uninsured. One of the most charged issues involves moral controversies that intersect with health care. In 2006, Heritage published a paper explaining how reducing personal control … More

    House Panel Hears How HHS Mandate Tramples on Conscience Rights

    Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health held a hearing asking the question, “Do New Health Law Mandates Threaten Conscience Rights and Access to Care?” Many of the panelists responded with a resounding “yes.” Fulfilling a broader requirement of Obamacare that dictates mandatory coverage of certain “preventative services,” … More