Obama’s “Accounting Trick” Changes “None of the Moral Calculus”

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

This post will be our last of the week (with many more to come next week) on President Obama’s “revised” mandate requiring religiously-affiliated universities, hospitals, and charities to pay for health insurance that covers sterilization and contraception. Although many would have you believe Obama has snookered the public, truth be told, the truth will be told, and as it is, opposition will grow even more intense.

Let me stitch together just a few of the many insights from columnist Charles Krauthammer. First and foremost, what Krauthammer rightly labels an “accounting trick” changes “none of the moral calculus. Holy Cross Hospital, for example, is still required by law to engage an insurance company that is required by law to provide these doctrinally proscribed services to all Holy Cross employees.”

However, for purposes of argument (Krauthammer writes), accept Obama’s

“contention that this ‘accommodation’ is a real shift of responsibility to the insurer. Has anyone considered the import of this new mandate? The president of the United States has just ordered private companies to give away for free a service that his own health and human services secretary has repeatedly called a major financial burden.

“On what authority? Where does it say that the president can unilaterally order a private company to provide an allegedly free-standing service at no cost to certain select beneficiaries?

Remember the rationale for the mandate is that insurers can be required to provide the coverage for “free” because birth control is less expensive than childbirth. National Right to Life immediately signaled what this could portend.

“President Obama today promulgated a scam that, if he is re-elected, will allow him to mandate that every health plan in America cover abortion on demand. The same twisted logic will be applied: By ordering health plans to cover elective abortion, health plans would save the much higher costs of prenatal care, childbirth, and care for the baby — and under the Obama scam, if a procedure saves money, then that means that you’re not really paying for it when the government mandates it.”

Krauthammer finishes by arguing that this “breathtaking arrogation of power” is “simply the logical extension of Washington’s takeover of the private system of medical care — a system Obama farcically pretends to be maintaining.” He is referring, of course, to ObamaCare.

“Third, the assault on individual autonomy. Every citizen without insurance is ordered to buy it, again under penalty of law. This so-called individual mandate is now before the Supreme Court — because never before has the already hypertrophied Commerce Clause been used to compel a citizen to enter into a private contract with a private company by mere fact of his existence.”

It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of rolling back ObamaCare in general, the mandate in particular.

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