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EACH Act passes US House of Representatives

August 4, 2018

[The Telegraph – Alton, Illinois] by Tim Mitchinson (originally titled “Religious differences and the values communities share)

“…the recent passage by the House of the Equitable Access to Care and Health (EACH) Act. This legislation augments the original religious accommodation in the Affordable Care Act to include those who conscientiously rely on a religious mode of care.

Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois’ 13th district, the bill’s lead sponsor and one of its chief advocates, noted that it had “nothing but bipartisan support.” Speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, Congressman Davis called it “a testament to what good happens here in a bipartisan fashion.”

The Affordable Care Act currently includes a religious conscience exemption for the Amish and certain Mennonite groups. The House bill “modestly expands” this exemption, Congressman Davis pointed out. As the comments on the House floor made clear, the EACH Act seeks to be fair and respectful of diverse faiths, while also respecting the rights and needs of the wider society, religious and non-religious alike.

Christian Scientists are among the constituents who would be directly affected by the Act. Our church members have diverse political views—the church doesn’t dictate members’ opinions or actions—so this isn’t a partisan issue for us, either.”

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