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Friday, February 10, 2012

Obama HHS Compromise is no Compromise At All !!!

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In an attempt to save face with Catholic voters, President Barack Obama has put forward an alleged 'accommodation' for religious groups in his HHS mandate that has threatened to violate religious conscience. The alleged 'accommodation' is really no compromise at all, and is in fact an attempt to trick the bishops into dropping their holy crusade against this wicked HHS mandate....
(Hot Air) - The revised Obama mandate will make religious groups contract with insurers to offer birth control and the potentially abortion-causing drugs to women at no cost. The revised mandate will have religious employers refer women to their insurance company for coverage that still violates their moral and religious beliefs. Under this plan, every insurance company will be obligated to provide coverage at no cost.

Essentially, religious groups will still be mandated to offer plans that cover both birth control and the ella abortion drug

According to Obama administration officials on a conference call this morning, a woman’s insurance company “will be required to reach out directly and offer her contraceptive care free of charge. The religious institutions will not have to pay for it.”

The birth control and abortion-causing drugs will simply be “part of the bundle of services that all insurance companies are required to offer,” White House officials said....

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Okay. So let's sort through this. Under the previous HHS mandate, religious organisations were required to pay for contraception and abortion inducing drugs in the health insurance plans they purchased for their employees. That caused an uproar of course, so now under this new HHS mandate (proposed by Barack Obama himself) religious organisations are again required to pay for contraception and abortion inducing drugs in the healthcare insurance plans they purchase for their employees. The only difference is under the old mandate the drugs were mandated to be purchased directly as an option in the plan, while under the new mandate, the drugs are purchased indirectly through the baseline cost premiums. That's it! That's the only change! This is a bait and switch. Obama is trying to tell the bishops that they won't have to pay for contraception and abortion inducing drugs when in fact they will and he knows it !!!

Obama has made no compromise at all, and the only thing this accommodates is his pro-death anti-religious agenda. Except now he has his face stamped all over it. Under the previous plan he could have punted blame to his HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Not so anymore. This latest mandate was put forward by him directly.

As I have mentioned in previous blog entries, Barack Obama is not the problem. He is the symptom. Oh sure, we can replace him in November, and hopefully all these problems will go away for a while, but mark my words, they will come back -- eventually. The reason why is because the United States federal government no longer embraces Subsidiarity as a governing principle. It hasn't for generations, but the sad thing is that most U.S. Catholics no longer embrace it either. This is what happens when you have a large intrusive federal government that can rule by simple fiat. What is particularly disturbing is the fact that there has never been a case in history when such a centralised and powerful government has reversed its course completely and turned back to a model based on Subsidiarity. The historical pattern is always greater centralisation, which creates more consolidation of power, followed by tyranny, followed by an implosion and crumbling of the government under the government's own weight.

Getting rid of Obama is just a short-term solution. The only long-term solution to this problem is to get rid of Washington DC. In accordance with the principle of Subsidiarity, the people of their respective states need to start thinking about independence and self-governance. After all is said and done, it's the only real long-term solution there is.