Federal Judge to HHS: Constitution Doesn’t Say ‘Trust Us…’

Jon Street
CNS News

The Constitution doesn’t say “Trust us, changes are coming,” wrote a New York federal judge after hearing a challenge to Obamacare’s HHS mandate from the New York Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

In a “Memorandum Decision and Order” filed on Dec. 5, a federal judge of the New York Eastern District Court wrote in response to the New York Roman Catholic Archdiocese challenge to the mandate, “Moreover, the First Amendment does not require citizens to accept assurances from the government that, if the government later determines it has made a misstep, it will take ameliorative action. There is no, ‘Trust us, changes are coming’ clause in the Constitution.

“To the contrary,” the judge wrote, “the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction. Considering the extraordinary political passion surrounding the Coverage Mandate from all sides, there is simply no way to predict what, if any, changes to the Coverage Mandate will be made, even if some policymakers favor certain changes.”…

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