Tide of public opinion will swing against Obamacare…. er um… the so-called, misnamed, AFFORDABLE Care Act.
Has your insurance been cancelled yet?
First, people will see that it’s a bad idea which will cost far too much for far too many. Second, they will see it as overreach by the ever-more-invasive State.
The Chicago Tribune published an editorial today against the President’s attack on the Little Sisters of the Poor. The opinion piece still gets it wrong, but it it gets one piece right:
We’re not arguing against insurance coverage of contraceptives. But a government mandate that religious organizations violate the tenets of their faith is an unconstitutional reach.
The administration should provide a much broader conscience exemption for the insurance mandate. Exempt from these rules is any entity that would be forced to contravene its religious teachings and beliefs. Abide by the constitutional principle: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … [I think the President would overturn the 1st Amendment, if he could. And the second… and the third… and the fourth…]
Obamacare is the law of the land. But the constitutional protection of religious freedom shouldn’t be parsed or shaded by the law.
USAToday also has an opinion piece about the attack on the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Wisely, churches and other houses of worship are exempt from the requirement, but the administration wrote rules so narrowly that they failed to exempt Catholic and other religiously affiliated hospitals, colleges and charities. Its position was constitutionally suspect, politically foolish and ultimately unproductive. The number of women affected is likely so small that the administration could find some less divisive way to provide the coverage.
If the president offered a more meaningful compromise, other religious leaders would have a hard time saying no. The public health impact would be minimal. And religious freedom would be granted the wide berth it deserves.
Again, they are for the stupid law, but they are at least not with the administration in the undermining of our religious freedom.