U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the Obama administration's attempt to retreat from its mandate in the health care law that would violate the First Amendment rights of religious institutions:
"While the White House is trying to walk away from its original mandate, one thing this debate has made perfectly clear is that the administration believes the Constitution takes a back seat to its ideological goals. They're not sorry they violated the First Amendment, they're sorry Americans didn't agree with them when they did.
"The administration promised during debate on the health care law that constitutional rights would not be infringed and that costs would go down; we now know that's not true. So it's understandable that affected institutions still have serious questions and concerns about this latest promise from the White House. Remember, this isn't about accounting--it's about the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
"This whole episode demonstrates why politicians should not be the ones to make determinations about religious beliefs and is just another reason why the deeply flawed health law needs to be repealed. Whether it is forcing people to buy government-chosen health insurance, or injecting Washington's oversight into nearly every aspect of people's lives, the Obama administration clearly believes that the Constitution is an inconvenience, not a guiding principle, in their implementation of the health law.
"The only good news to come out of this is that Americans have shown once again that they are willing to fight back against a government that attempts to infringe on their constitutional rights."