“The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act – the controversial HHS mandate that requires employers to provide drugs and services in their employee health care plans regardless of religious objections to those services – leaves intact a grave assault to religious freedoms.” according toCongressman Jim Sensenbrenner.
Employers that fail to comply face staggering financial penalties. According to a February, 2012 Congressional Research Report, insurers and employers that do not comply with the HHS mandate could face a federal tax of $100 per day per employee, or a yearly tax of $36,500 per employee. Religious employers with hundreds of employees could be fined millions of dollars annually.
As a result Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), along with 56 co-sponsors including many Congressional Prayer Caucus members, introduced legislation, the Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act, to stop the taxing of religious institutions and employers for choosing to follow core tenets of their faith rather than bow to the HHS mandate that violates their conscience rights.