One paragraph tells you how crazy this “accomodation” by Obama in forcing religious organizations to provide contraceptive and abortion-producing services even if their religious beliefs forbid such services:
The change would allow religious organizations to refuse to cover contraceptive care. It would also require insurers to offer a plan that does not include contraceptive care in their contracts with nonprofit religious groups. But the insurers would be required to make contraception available free of charge to women anyway.
So if you move the burden back one organizational level everything is okay?
Imagine if you are a manager at an organization such as the Catholic League. According to Obama’s “accomodation” you are exempted – at least until after Obama gets re-elected when he’ll come after you with a vengeance for making him look bad. But even though your health insurance provider is an organization that was created by the Catholic Church, it will NOT be exempted, so all of the Catholic employees at that insurer will still be required to violate their consciences or lose their jobs. But meanwhile you over at the ostensibly exempted Catholic League will be required to tell all employees that they can get birth control and abortion-inducing services because they work for you.
Here’s another example: Holy Cross Hospital would still be required under ObamaCare to provide free access to birth control, abortion and sterilization which it believes is all morally evil. They don’t have to do it “directly” by Obama’s “accomodation”; rather, they have to pay an insurance company to do provide those “mortal sins” for them. Now, on Obama’s magical thinking, the insurance company is providing birth control, abortion and sterilazation for “free.” But that is quite literally insane; of COURSE it won’t be for free. The insurance company is going to increase Holy Cross’ premiums. Which is to say that Holy Cross is still going to be forced to pay to provide “services” that they view as genuinely evil.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit law firm that recently filed three lawsuits on behalf of Catholic institutions against the new contraception rules, has come out against the the administration’s compromise.
“This is a false ‘compromise’ designed to protect the Presiden’s re-election chances, not to protect the right of conscience,” Hannah Smith, an attorney for the group, said in a statement. “Hundreds, if not thousands, of religious institutions are still left out in the cold and will be forced to violate their religious convictions.”
The statement continued: “According to a White House statement, some religious employers will no longer be required to provide insurance coverage for contraception … However, at least three problems remain. First, hundreds if not thousands of religious organizations self insure, meaning that they will still be forced to pay for these services in violation of their religious beliefs. Second, it is unclear which religious organizations are permitted to claim the new exemption, and whether it will extend to for-profit organizations, individuals, or non-denominational organizations. Third, money is fungible, and many religious organizations may still object to being forced to pay money to an insurance company which will turn around and provide contraception to its employees for free.”
Obama, ever the perennial political weasel, said this:
I understand some folks in Washington want to treat this as another political wedge issue. But it shouldn’t be. I certainly never saw it that way,” Obama said. “This is an issue where people of good will on both sides of the debate have been sorting through some very complicated questions.”
See? Obama is giving his far-left base exactly what they want while he further divides the country with still another wedge issue. But there’s absolutely nothing political about that.
This facade is an outgrowth of what überliberal Newsweek editor Evan Thomas said about Obama’s style of governance:
“I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.”
And of course is God really political partisan??? Of course not. Your god Obama would never do anything that might even hint at merely mortal politics.
WASHINGTON — At the core of Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is a promise that he can transcend the starkly red-and-blue politics of the last 15 years, end the partisan and ideological wars and build a new governing majority.
To achieve the change the country wants, he says, “we need a leader who can finally move beyond the divisive politics of Washington and bring Democrats, independents and Republicans together to get things done.”
The bare-naked truth is that Obama has been cynically running for re-election since the day he got elected. This low-brow Chicago thug politician has amassed a $1 BILLION political warchest to acheive that end. And simply consider the “core promise” of the Obama campaign that he would “transcend” Republican-Democrat politics, that he would “end the partisan and ideological wars,” that he would “move beyond the divisive politics of Washington,” that he would “bring Democrats, independents and Republicans together.” And think about what Obama is doing right now.
And realize that this incredibly cynical liar is the most evil man who has ever held the office of the presidency of the United States.
ObamaCare is blatantly godawful and profoundly unconstitutional. The Obama administration has already handed out more than 1,200 waivers to say, “You won’t have to do what Obama is going to force every other American to do.”