SPRINGFIELD… State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) released the following statement following the bill passage using an unprecedented legislative amendment to the Health Care Right of Conscience act.
“Illinois House Democrats brought us down to a new low after passing this misguided amendment to the Health Care Right of Conscience act limiting our fundamental individual rights to choose our own medical decisions,” said Rep. Marron.
The Health Care Right of Conscience act protects individuals’ ability to cite a, “sincerely held set of moral convictions arising from belief in and relation to God, or which, though not so derived, arises from a place in the life of its possessor parallel to that filled by God among adherents to religious faiths.”
The HCRCA prohibits “all forms of discrimination, disqualification, coercion, disability or imposition of liability upon such persons or entities by reason of their refusing to act contrary to their conscience or conscientious convictions in providing, paying for, or refusing to obtain, receive, accept, deliver, pay for, or arrange for the payment of health care services and medical care.”
Marron said, “Governor Pritzker spent 19 months ignoring the legislature while managing the State’s COVID-19 response with unilateral executive orders granted by the Democrat supermajorities in the legislature. It is unbelievable, unconscionable, and ridiculous that Democrats would willingly hand over more power to an already out of control Pritzker Administration.”
“Any proposal to reduce the freedom of religion of the people of the State of Illinois is a direct attack on the history, heritage, and firmly held beliefs of people of every race, color, creed, and religious background. Calling this an overreach of government authority is an understatement,” said Marron.
Rep. Marron said, “The Governor has already seen the failure of his Joe Biden-like mandates. Soon, thousands of Chicago and other municipalities’ police officers, firefighters, teachers, and first responders will face the prospect of losing their jobs because JB Pritzker is going to fire them if they are not vaccinated. This is unacceptable.”
“I am fervently against allowing politics dictate the private health care decisions of our citizens, police officers, firefighters, first responders, or educators. Changing the Health Care Right of Conscience Act to remove religious exemptions will erode any remaining trust the people of Illinois have in this legislature and this governor,” said Marron.
“I can’t believe how blatantly clear the intentions of the majority party have developed against our fundamental individual liberties and freedoms. I sincerely hope we can stop this never-ending government overreach against the citizens of this state,” concluded Rep. Marron.