Social Engineering to The Left of Us, Hypocrisy to The Right
Jay Sekulow, from the ultra-Conservative American Center for Law and Justice, calls ObamaCare; "a policy of social engineering under the guise of legislation."
Yet, isn’t “social engineering under the guise of legislation” exactly what was instituted under the Conservative’s "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) and isn’t social engineering exactly what is behind Conservative pleas that Roe v. Wade be overturned?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), now almost universally called ObamaCare, continues to reek havoc with insurance providers and continues to drive Constitutional Conservatives into a near apoplectic state but yet it promises to be a balm to the elderly and the poor.
A balm to some perhaps but, according to “faith-based” insurance providers and others who hold their religious teachings close, it’s an unconscionable irritant.
ObamaCare’s mandate (beginning in 2012) to all insurers to cover prescription contraceptives, free of charge (no copay and no deductible), is like a slap in the face to Catholics and others who teach their flocks that birth control is immoral.
Points of View
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (pictured), back in mid-year, defended the contraceptive mandate: “Since birth control is the most common drug prescribed to women ages 18-44, insurance plans should cover it; not doing it would be like not covering flu shots, or any of the other basic preventive services that millions of other Americans count on every day.”
Yesterday (11/2/11) Jane Belford, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington, told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health that while there is a religious exemption in the contraceptive mandate, it “is so narrow that it excludes virtually all Catholic hospitals, elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and charitable organizations.”
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D,Ill) argues “Why should an employer (i.e., the Archdiocese of Washington) decide for a woman whether she can access the health care services that she and her doctor decide are necessary? Why are we talking about allowing some employers to put up a barrier to access at a time when women are struggling to afford and access health care?”
The greater question however, one that is not being asked by the majority of Liberals, is: ‘Why is the federal government in the business of “ordering” private insurers to do anything?
A bit of hypocrisy from the Right
Jay Sekulow, from the ultra-Conservative American Center for Law and Justice, calls ObamaCare; “a policy of social engineering under the guise of legislation.”
Yet, isn’t ’social engineering under the guise of legislation’ exactly what was instituted under the the Social Conservative’s “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) and isn’t social engineering exactly what is behind Social Conservative pleas that Roe v. Wade be overturned?
Conservatives may be right about ObamaCare but perhaps it’s past time for “Social Conservatives” to take a good long look at themselves and realize what a bad name they are giving to Conservativism.
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