Wieland sues federal government because of civil liberty concerns over the Affordable Care Ac

by Ashley Jost, The Missouri Times  |  published on August 27, 2013

ST. LOUIS — Rep. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, and his wife filed suit against the federal government this week, arguing that their civil rights were violated by a recent health insurance change.

Wieland, a government employee, said when it was time to sign up for the Missouri Consolidated Plan this year, he wasn’t provided the chance to opt out of coverage for certain medical provisions for moral convictions.

“In July I got a letter saying that opting out was no longer an option for me, and it really kind of upset me because I’m a devout Catholic,” Wieland told The Missouri Times.

After receiving the letter, Wieland said he consulted a friend who works for an insurance company who told him there was no other option “because of Obamacare.”

Reaching a fork in the road, Wieland said he felt like he was in a no-win situation where he had to choose to cancel his insurance and potentially jeopardize his family, or go against his beliefs, he said. He then wrote a letter to the Catholic Conference, and was contacted by an attorney shortly after.

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