Today the One, King Barack I, announced his latest edict on requiring that employees receive “free” contraceptives, including abortifacients, from their employers. It’s a good thing he stepped in. After all, what kind of a rotten country would deprive women of essential products like birth control and morning after pills, and by “deprive,” of course I mean making them pay for them themselves rather than have their neighbors do so. Our wise Dear Leader would have none of that. His brilliant “compromise,” designed to avoid that pesky First Amendment problem of requiring religious institutions to pay for services that violate church doctrine, is a ridiculous shell game. Here’s part of what he said this afternoon:
Under the rule, women will still have access to free preventive care that includes contraceptive services, no matter where they work. So that core principle remains, but if a woman’s employer is a charity or a hospital that has a religious objection to providing contraceptive services as part of their health plan, the insurance company, not the hospital, not the charity, will be required to reach out and offer the woman contraceptive care free of charge, without co-pays, without hassles.
Cool! Not only do they get their Baby No More pellets. They get them without “hassles” from the Man!
Still, I’m a little confused. Employers don’t have to pay, but the employees’ insurance companies do? Just who is going to pay them? The Tooth Fairy? Wouldn’t that be the aforementioned employers? The reality is that it will be all of our employers, and all of us, just another little poison pill we’ve discovered now that Congress passed the Obamacare law so we can find out what’s in it.
I can’t believe that even Chris Matthews believes it when he says that this phony plan “solves” any problem, other than the political problem that arose for Obama when the Catholic Church stood up to his unconstitutional bullying, what Obama calls “basic fairness for all Americans.” As Liberty Counsel notes on Illinois Review, this scheme is a transparent accounting gimmick, nothing more.
Clearly the White House and the Obama campaign, which are one in the same, have made the calculation that they can use this fig leaf to fool the low-information, emotionally-driven liberal cafeteria Catholics, who are invested in supporting the “progressive” agenda, an agenda that relies on a level of coercion that offends not only the Constitution, but basic human decency.
Their repeated success at conning the American public over the last five years has convinced this bunch that we are truly a nation of dolts. When will their luck run out?
Cross-posted at Illinois Review.