We’re now seeing how government-controlled healthcare works in reality: coercion and force, trampling freedom of religion, freedom of association, and what should be VOLUNTARY exchanges of goods and services. This is one of MANY reasons why government needs to keep its nose out of areas where the constitution has not granted it explicit jurisdiction.
Robert M. Goldberg write at the American Spectator that this unconstitutional edit gives us a preview of what Obamacare will look like in the future if it is not overturned:
The Obama administration’s decision to force religious institutions to cover contraception is a case study on how Obamacare and its implementation have politicized medical decisions. Here’s how it works. First, health care choices are overruled if they do not flow from the state and do not require taking rights from one group to give to another in the name of fairness. Next, the same administrative apparatus engages in politicking and deal making to appease groups angered by the original decision.
The contraception mandate was issued unilaterally and without regard to the deep feeling and anger it would generate. Now the administration is rhetorically backpedaling and seeking to find a way to respond to the quickly spreading attacks on the action. Claims to the contrary, this was and is not about assuring all women have access to contraception. It was about eliminating the choices and overruling the preferences of one group to enforce the “rights” of another.
Now everyone is focusing on “accommodating” concerns that Obamacare would force employers and organizations to cover birth control. And in doing so, by turning an individual health choice into a government edict we must obey subject to Obamacare’s equivalent of plenary indulgences — a waiver — we move one step away from liberty and closer to centralized control. That’s why one idea for “accommodating” will never be implemented: ‘Allowing’ religious organizations and employers not to offer contraception as part of health insurance as long as they give employees who want it a choice of plans that do. That’s because giving people choices of health plans also comes at the expense of enforcing everyone’s “right” to medical care.
The contraception edict is but one of a series of Obamacare judgments that have angered millions of Americans because of its one size fits all nature. From mammograms, to coverage requirements, to end of life planning, the administration’s actions rankle not because they are completely dumb (they usually are) but because they violate people’s sense that such decisions should not be made by government and should not be based on meeting a political or policy goal.