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Obamacare: Rep. Paul Wieland Sues Feds Over "Intrinsically Evil" Plan Covering Birth Control

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Rep. Paul Wieland.
In July State Representative Paul Wieland says he was faced with a difficult choice: Enroll in an "immoral" health-care plan that covers birth control or cancel his health insurance for his family all together.

He went with a third option: Sue the federal government.

"My wife and I take our faith very seriously," Wieland, a Republican from Imperial, tells Daily RFT. "I have to take a stand.... As long as we're fighting it, I'm at peace with myself."

The idea for a lawsuit -- which echoes the ongoing fights in Missouri regarding contraception coverage -- came to Wieland when he was notified in July by the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan that, starting in August, he would no longer be able to receive health coverage that is free of "gravely immoral practices."

See also:
- Our Lady's Inn, GOP Pressure Chris Koster to Appeal Contraception Decision
- Missouri Legislature Overturns Nixon's Veto on Anti-Contraception Bill
- Attorney General to Republicans: Enough "Foolishness" on Contraception Coverage

Wieland says he had specifically enrolled in a program that did not cover specific items -- "abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and birth control" -- which he and his family "consider objectionable."

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He tells us he conferred with a friend who works in the health-insurance industry and realized there was no insurance plan accessible to him that excludes coverage of these practices.

"Do I cancel my health insurance and put my family at risk?" he says. "Or do I do something about it?"

After some discussion, he and his wife decided that a lawsuit was the best way to move forward, he says, adding, "I can sleep at night."

"If I lose the lawsuit," he says, "then I'm back at the moral conundrum."

The suit was filed yesterday by the Thomas More Society, a law firm that has challenged federal health care in the past, on behalf of Wieland and his wife, Teresa.

The defendants in the suit are U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Seth Harris.

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This suit is the latest attack from Missouri on Obamacare, specifically regarding the federal mandate of birth control coverage. In March, a federal judge struck down a new state law that allowed employers to deny coverage of birth control if it violated their religious or moral beliefs. The law in question was proposed and passed by Republican legislators -- who successfully overrode the veto of Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat. Attorney General Chris Koster, also a Democrat, decided in April not to appeal the federal ruling, arguing that "Republicans' attempt to deny contraceptive coverage to women in Missouri is just plain foolishness."

While legal challenges to Obamacare have cropped up around the country, Wieland's suit is somewhat unique in that he is making the argument as an employee that he has a legal right to access a plan that does not cover birth control.

Continue for a copy of the lawsuit and more of our interview with Paul Wieland.


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mingusal
mingusal

Why not just not use contraception?

David Eye
David Eye

fuck obamacare fuck obama, fuck all you stupid liberals

Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt

Hmm, looks like he's been at the trough a little too often, he's heading straight for a heart attack or a really good case of diabetes type 2. Wonder what he pays his tailor to make him a suit in a 68 extra fat? Hopefully he won't be reproducing anymore, don't want more footballs coming from him, that'll just weigh down our already overburdened healthcare system as it is. Curious to know where these morons read their information, not very informed for a state representative.

Doug Curtis
Doug Curtis

Talk to any veteran and ask how much they like dealing with the VA Hospitals. This is how government takes care of our hero's. Let's see how they treat our low income subscribers under the ACA. Get real and stop the political jousting.

AJ Wilkes
AJ Wilkes

Five bucks says he used the word "Gee-sus!" and produced a handkerchief to dab his brow.

windelm
windelm

He has no real case... He doesn't have the right to demand insurance be made available that doesn't cover cancer, broken legs, rape, blood transfusions, birth control, or anything else in particular - and his religion has nothing to do with it...

It will be thrown out without a follow up story, because it won't be news when it happens...

People (especially elected people) think that they have more rights than they actually do... They are used to just getting whatever they want, and that feeling becomes a right to them...

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

Or, just don't get the birth control that the plan offers... derr

lastroth
lastroth

So Mr. Wieland has two choices #1 take the coverage and don't use the birth control or #2 Go to work for a religious institution that is exempt from the immoral health care offered.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Yea it's so evil to get 30 million people healthcare....What an asshole.

Jesse Barban
Jesse Barban

I'm fairly certain he missed the small piece in the legislation that allows for one to "opt out" and obtain their own personal health insurance. I hope they tear him apart.

Tim Garner
Tim Garner

And Missouri lawmakers are evil bc They failed to expand Medicare under that loosing out on 8 billion dollars already ear marked from the Feds for that. The millions of Missouri resident now have to suffer and the out lying hospitals will close. The unemployment rate in MO will increase and so will the number of uninsured.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

Yep...he also brings pocket knives to gun fights and believes that he'll always have a job in rodeo when he gets out of office.

Jessi Anderson
Jessi Anderson

This is ridiculous....and this is also why we need to keep people's personal "religious" beliefs away from government decisions

Mary Poletti
Mary Poletti

Um... Isn't this the insurance he gets BECAUSE he's a state rep?

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Where did this guy learn the word "intrinsically"

Jake Parsons
Jake Parsons

I think I would prefer that Rep. Weiland pay for his own medical care out of pocket, I don't want any part of covering him since he appears to be susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, etc. (also, his facebook group is bonkers)

Jason Bristow
Jason Bristow

That's a shame, he's the type of person that probably shouldn't be reproducing in the first place.

catholic1
catholic1

It has nothing to do with being "sure that women are barefoot and pregnant" and it has everything to do with believing that every life is precious. The pill and other similar drugs cause abortions in the very early stages of pregnancy.  I applaud Mr Wieland for standing up for the rights of all women, born and unborn.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Guess he wants to be SURE those women are barefoot and pregnant.

lycurgus33
lycurgus33

@mingusal Why not just buy into a different plan?  Oh wait the governemt doesn't allow that, now does it?

lycurgus33
lycurgus33

@windelm He doesn't have the right to spend his money on the product that he wants to buy?  Wow.

lycurgus33
lycurgus33

@Jeff Willett Or, just let people choose their own plan, rather than forcing people to choose a plan they don't want.

lycurgus33
lycurgus33

@Neil Aimaro No it's evil to force someone to buy a product they don't want to buy.

lycurgus33
lycurgus33

@Chad Kitchen Maybe it will end when you throw out your bigotry.

lycurgus33
lycurgus33

@Jesse Barban Providing free insurance for some people but failing to provide insurance to others that fits with their own religious beliefs is pretty discriminatory.

lycurgus33
lycurgus33

@Jessi Anderson One's own health care is a government decision now?  Um, no.

theoattro
theoattro

@catholic1 

What confuses me is that if you don't believe in birth control why do you just not utilize that portion of the services? I don't believe my children should watch sexually suggestive tv shows which there are tons, but I still have cable I just dont let them watch those shows. 


catholic1
catholic1

@sabellaquey26 Most forms of the pill do not prevent ovulation.  And when a woman ovulates there is a chance she will become pregnant.  (notice the fine print that says 99.xxx% effective)  In most cases the pill will prevent the child from continuing to live.  I am truly sorry that woman have been lead to believe that there are zero side effects. 

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