By Dave Andrusko
I mention this one last time today for a very, very good reason. A constant that we will hear all the way until November is the malicious charge that many religious institutions and almost all Republicans (forget large swathes of the public) balk at Obama’s blatant assault on religious liberties –as President Obama intimated–because they want it as a “wedge issue.”
If ever there was a case of the pot calling the kettle black, this is it. The Obama Administration thinks it can win by portraying its opponents as driven not by principle but by opportunism. This is cynicism on steroids.
Just two points in addition to all that we’ve talked about over the last week.
First, you DO have to get exercised when (as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops described the “new” Obama mandate)
“[W]e note that today’s [Friday’s] proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions. In a nation dedicated to religious liberty as its first and founding principle, we should not be limited to negotiating within these parameters. The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services.”
Second, National Right to Life cut right to the chase in its keenly insightful analysis of what this “compromise” opens the door to. (See www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2012/02/new-obama-scam-you-must-pay-but-nobody-pays-lays-groundwork-for-future-national-abortion-mandate.)
“’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,’ said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson. ‘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.”
“By this form of doublespeak, one could say that the federal Medicaid program was not really ‘funding abortion’ when it paid for 300,000 abortions a year (prior to adoption of the Hyde Amendment in 1976), because after all, every abortion that the government paid for also saved the government money.”
“The Obama ‘you must pay, but nobody pays’ scam might also be applied to other ‘cost-cutting’ mandates. Perhaps every health plan will be mandated to cover physician-assisted suicide, in states in which assisted suicide is legal. After all, each suicide would result in a net savings to the plan, and under the Obama scam, that means it is really free and nobody really pays for it.”
My point is a simple one. Obama is attempting to make his critics seem like the extremists, a tactic that he is good at because the mainstream media is so uncritical.
The truth is his proposal opens the door to a nightmare scenario that we must resolutely fight.
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