Obamacare could drive "Little Sisters of the Poor" Catholic order of nuns out of the U.S.A.

December 19, 2012

A religious order of nuns is concerned about its future presence in the United States because of Obamacare's impact on its charitable operations. The Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a long-term exemption from Obamacare's healthcare mandate. The law requires the order to provide government-approved health insurance to its 300 sisters who tend to the elderly in 30 U.S. cities.

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The exception is needed, said Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the Little Sisters' communications director, because Catholic teaching opposes contraception and medical treatments that cause sterility or can cause abortions.

President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul law requires employers to include those services in qualifying health care plans they provide for their employees. Failure to comply will bring hefty fines - even for religious orders whose members have taken vows of poverty.

"[I]t could be a serious threat to our mission in the U.S.," Constance told TheDC, "because we would never be able to afford to pay the fines involved. We have difficulty making ends meet just on a regular basis; we have no extra funding that would cover these fines."

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