CHICAGO, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Brian Burch, President of CatholicVote.org, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the individual insurance mandate as a tax, holding that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.
"The power to overturn this legislation now rests with the American people, who opposed this legislation from day one. Given the power wielded by Catholics in every election, the election of a pro-freedom President and Senate must now become the number one political goal of every Catholic voter in America.
"Only with a new President and a new Senate can Americans eliminate this horrific healthcare law and start fresh with true health care reform, rooted in moral principles and sound economics.
"Catholics must remain vigilant. The notorious HHS mandate remains in place. Catholic voters must realize that the religious liberties of Catholic hospitals, schools and charities – including private businesses – remain endangered.
"Today's court decision is a reminder that Catholics must continue the campaign called the Fortnight for Freedom started by our Catholic Bishops. The Bishops have asked all Catholics to study, pray and engage in public action. And CatholicVote.org is dedicated to help Catholics with voter registration, contacting Congress and voting this November for candidates who support life and religious liberty."
Background on CatholicVote.org:
CatholicVote.org was launched in September 2008 as a new effort to educate, organize, and mobilize the Catholic vote. The national group was responsible for one of the most watched online commercials during the 2008 presidential campaign, watched by nearly 3 million viewers on YouTube alone. The group also received national attention for a second life-affirming viral ad depicting ultrasound images celebrating the life of President Obama. The popular website hosts the award winning American Papist blog, along with other political commentary relevant to Catholic voters. The organization regularly communicates with nearly 600,000 email subscribers and supporters.