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The Legislative Text of Repeal

3:49 PM, Feb 13, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Yuval Levin has come up with an even-more-brilliant-than-usual idea. 

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As he says, there is "some discussion on the Hill these days about exactly what kind of legislative approach should be taken to overturn the almost indescribably odious HHS mandate requiring religious employers to provide abortive and contraceptive drugs to their employees. There is so very much wrong with the rule that it can be hard to know quite where to start."

But Yuval has an idea about where to start: "a simple, short bill that read simply: 'Congress shall make no law, and the Executive Branch shall make no rule, respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.'"

The House should pass this bill tomorrow. It should also be brought up in the Senate. Then, on Wednesday, the House can pass (once again) the repeal of Obamacare root and branch. After that, it can pass more limited legislation that might ameliorate the immediate problem at hand--but only after establishing how fundamental the principle at stake is, and only after reminding everyone that the fundamental problem is Obamacare, not any one of its particularly unattractive excrudescences, of which the HHS mandate is certainly one.

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