HHS Pushes Churches to Promote ObamaCare
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pushing churches to promote President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
A sample announcement for churches to solicit enrollment reads, "We have chosen this Sunday as 'Get Covered Day' at (Church name). We will have a presentation on the health insurance marketplace."
It's not the first time that religion has been used to promote ObamaCare. Last year, D.C. HealthLink, the insurance marketplace in Washington, D.C., put out a message based on the text of 1 Corinthians 6:19: "The body is a temple and it must be insured."
Rev. Robert Jeffress, who refused to partner with ObamaCare at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, spoke to Steve Doocy on "Fox and Friends" this morning.
"When most people come to church, they come to hear a timeless word from the Lord, not the latest word from Washington, D.C.," Jeffress said. "And I realize many bureaucrats confuse themselves with the Almighty, but there really is a difference between the two."
"The problem I have with this is ObamaCare is not an idea or a suggestion. It's a governmental mandate, and if you don't participate, you get fined. If you don't pay the fine, you go to jail. And I just don't think the church of Jesus Christ ought to be an extension of the federal government to enforce its edicts."
Jeffress noted that many people also have a problem with ObamaCare because it supports abortion-inducing drugs.
"This administration was going against religious institutions," Jeffress said. "I don't know why we would ever partner with an administration that is so hostile to conservative Christians."
"I've got other plans this Sunday than pushing ObamaCare."
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UPDATE: In a statement to Fox News, a Treasury Department spokesperson said individuals who do not pay the fee and choose to remain uninsured do not face jail time under the Affordable Care Act. The spokesperson highlighted that the law prevents the IRS from using liens or levies to collect this payment. (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5187.pdf)