Obamacare addressed at 2014 PLC

Brief Notes from 2014 PLC –

Sally Pipes, from Pacific Research Institute stated there is only solution for Obamacare/AFA and that is to repeal and replace.

2014 PLC - Salllly PipesThe panel consisted of many different parts of Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act:

  • Phil English, former US Representative spoke on malpractice reform.
  • Terence Farrell, Chester County Commissioner spoke about the costs to the tax payer for county employees and prisoners under AFA.
  • Lisa Nancollas, Mifflin Co Tea Party Patriots spoke on healthcare compacts and how the Pennsylvania senators and governor are not in support.
  • Charles Proctor, III, Proctor, Lindsay, & Dixon spoke as legal council to Conestoga who has filled a suite which is currently waiting a decision from the supreme court.
  • Elizabeth Steele, Commonwealth Foundation spoke on medicaid reform.

2014 PLC - obamacare panel

Conestoga Wood Specialities goes to the Supreme Court tomorrow.

Conestoga Wood Specialties, a family-run business owned by the Hahns, are seeking a religious exemption from the HHS mandate so that they will not be forced through their business to provide drugs that can cause an abortion. Everyone should be free to live and do business according to their faith. Learn more at http://www.pafamily.org/prayforthehahns.php #PrayfortheHahns #ReligiousFreedom

Mifflin County Tea Party Patriots hold October meeting

Tea Party Patriots of Mifflin County will hold their October meeting Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at the HOSS’s in Lewistown at 6:00pm.  Agenda, gun resolution, smart meters healthcare are on the agenda.  If you know of any conservative that is self-employed that has received a letter saying their health insurance was been canceled under Obamacare, please encourage them to attend this meeting.

Conestoga Wood Lancaster County Mennonite Family’s Wood Arguing Before Third Circuit Court of Appeals Tomorrow

May 29, 2013

Lancaster County Mennonite Family’s Wood Component Business
Arguing Before Third Circuit Court of Appeals Tomorrow

Seeking religious liberty exception to federal abortion pill mandate

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will hear argument tomorrow on behalf of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. and its owners, the Hahn family, who are seeking an injunction against a federal mandate requiring them to provide abortifacients as part of their employee health plan. It is a violation of the Hahn’s and Conestoga’s religious conscience to be forced to include contraception – including drugs that can result in the death of a human embryo.

The Hahns and Conestoga brought suit in December in Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, seeking an injunction against being forced to comply with the Health and Human Services mandate that requires them to offer an employee health plan with a provision that they believe to be immoral. The District Court denied a Preliminary Injunction on January 11, and Conestoga and the Hahn family appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

The Hahns have owned and operated Conestoga for nearly 50 years and seek to run the business in a way that is consistent with their Christian convictions.

“If the government can force persons to violate their conscience in the way they live or run their business, it can do anything,” said Randall Wenger, Chief Counsel of the Independence Law Center, and one of the Hahn’s and Conestoga’s attorneys. “If we care about the preservation of liberty, we must prevent the government from violating the first liberty in our Bill of Rights, religious liberty. If government can disregard that right, no liberty is safe.”

“The religious liberty of Americans is not something that should be withheld or dispensed by the government as it arbitrarily sees fit,” added Charles W. Proctor, III, lead counsel for Conestoga Wood and the Hahn family.

Please pray for the attorneys in the case, that God would give them wise words to speak. Pray for the judicial panel, that God would give them wisdom in their decision.

The Independence Law Center is a pro-bono, non-profit law center in Pennsylvania focused on protecting religious liberty.

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Christian Law Association – How will Obamacare affect your business or ministry?

Health Care: At What Cost?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as “Obamacare,” has been upheld by the United States Supreme Court and will affect all Americans as it is implemented. The leadership of churches and ministries across the country need to understand how the provisions of PPACA will affect them.

Employer Requirements

PPACA requires employers who employ an average of 50 full-time employees during the previous year to provide health insurance coverage for all of its employees. Churches and other tax-exempt organizations are not exempt from this provision. A full-time employee is defined as an employee who works an average of 30 or more hours per week. Thus, any church, including any ministries which are not separately organized, employing 50 or more full-time employees must provide health insurance to all of its employees.

If an employer has 50 or more employees, then it has the option of providing coverage or paying a penalty. If the employer wants to avoid the penalty, then the employer must provide at least 60% of the premium cost of insurance coverage that is at least “minimum essential coverage” for employees.

Employers with fewer than 50 employees are not subject to PPACA and are NOT required to provide health insurance to its employees. However, should a small employer decide to provide health insurance to its employees, then it may receive a refundable tax credit for premiums provided on behalf of employees. Tax-exempt employers, such as churches, are able to receive a refundable credit of up to 25% of premiums paid for health insurance. However, the credit is limited to the total amount of income and Medicare taxes required to be withheld from employees and the employer’s share of Medicare taxes withheld for the year. For an employer to be eligible for the credit, the employer must:

(1) pay at least half of the cost of insurance premiums for its employees;

(2) have fewer than 25 equivalent employees (including the pastor(s) in the count); and

(3) average annual wages of less than $50,000 per employee (without counting the salary of any of its pastors).

Read more on our website about the individual mandate, the contraceptive mandate, and how you should respond!