Aggregator • Hyscience • ID=78230
Wow! Watching Rep Gowdy totally and irrefutably destroy Kathleen Sebelius' claim of 'balance' over her HHS mandate as she admits the lack of constitutional analysis that went into the Obama's HHS anti-conscience, anti-religion, provides a window into how the administration operates and how little it cares about the Constitution:
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made yet another embarrassing admission about the lack of constitutional analysis that went into the HHS anti-conscience mandate on Thursday.
mittee hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee Secretary Sebelius was repeatedly questioned by Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on whether she had consulted Supreme Court precedent or any official legal memo before publishing a rule that burdens religious liberty of employers. Under the mandate, almost all employers are forced to provide and pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and contraception -- regardless of any moral or religious objections to such services.
Referring to Secretary Sebelius' statement earlier this year that promised an accommodation that "strikes an appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services," Rep. Gowdy sharply questioned the Secretary's understanding of a constitutionally permissible "balance."
"There are only three balancing tests that I am aware of when it comes to matters of constitutional significance. There is the rational basis balancing test for economic legislation, there is the intermediate or mid-level scrutiny for gender-related constitutional issues and then there is the heightened or strict scrutiny when fundamental rights are involved. And given the fact that I am sure you can see that religious liberty is a fundamental right, which of those three constitutional balancing tests were you making reference to when you said you balanced things?"
Secretary Sebelius, claiming ignorance of "nuances of the constitutional balancing tests," was unable to provide answer.
Nor could the Secretary answer that she had relied on an official legal memo. ...
A stunning accomplishment. Rep. Gowdy's 'interogation' of Sebelius has resulted in proof that the administraton relied on no legal basis for Obama's HHS mandate against religious liberty and shows that the reasoning behind it was completely political.
Be sure to take the time to read more on Rep. Gowdy's grilling of Sebelius, here.... more