State Senator Bill Haine of Alton's recent letter to President Obama in opposition to a recent mandate by the Secretary of Health and Human Services is gaining support, at least locally. Kathleen Sebelius (pictured) says all health insurance plans must include coverage of abortion drugs. It is an order Haine says dramatically impacts many churches and their agencies, including hospitals, schools and universities.
State Representative Dan Beiser of Alton says the Sebilius order wanders into the gray area of state' rights versus federal mandates.
It is the feeling of those opposing the Sebelius mandate that her order will threaten the ability of institutions with a religious affiliation to provide health and educational services to the general public, especially the poor.