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The “mainstream” media is touting the fact that Barack Obama has compromised on the birth control mandate. Compromise? I didn’t see any compromise. All he did was to supposedly shift the cost, a shell game played all the time by the politicians in Washington. When it comes to making one group pay for things to be given to another, however, Democrats are kings. As Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote yesterday over at Business Insider, Obama won’t make his liberal allies pay for their own reproductive coverage, and Catholics are refusing to pay for the parts of it their church leaders condemn as wrong, so he pulled out his magic elixir and decreed that no one will have to pay for it.
Let’s let the Welfare, uh, White House statement speak for itself: “Religious organizations will not have to provide contraceptive coverage or refer their employees to organizations that provide contraception.” Instead, “insurance companies will be required to provide contraception coverage to these women free of charge.” That’s a fantasy, but those last three words still represent the great doxology of Democrat policies. They cure all ills. They fix all problems. And they are meant to guarantee Democrat victories in national politics for ever and ever, world without end. To this prayer there are many who are willing to chant, “Amen.”
When owners and investors take the risks of opening a business or establishing a company, it is they who should decide what benefits to offer employees. It should be the potential employees who decide whether or not to take the jobs offered, based upon those benefits. To those who have a preference for socialist models, we call this the “free market.” (Salaries used to be decided by the free market, too, but that’s a topic for another post.)
Employers should decide whether to offer insurance, or no insurance, and whether or not to cover co-pays and deductibles or any other costs they wish to consider. Except for preventing fraud and dishonesty in the negotiation and sale of such coverage, government should stay out of the affairs of private persons. Benefits and employment arrangements, for the most part, are private affairs between private persons. But that’s not how it works when you have a Godzilla-sized camel named Government that insists on putting its nose into every tent in the country. “I’m Government,” grins the camel, “and I’m here to help.” The story is worthy of Dr. Seuss himself.
We all know what the real agenda is for the so-called “progressives” in our nation’s capital: a single-payer system. Mark my words, dear reader, when I promise you that they will never rest until they get this. And at some point they will get it unless we reclaim our constitutional republic. One can almost feel the disdain with which CBS reported on the fact that “conservatives who believe religious freedom always trumps gender equity in the public arena are outraged.”
Dear CBS, let’s get it right for a change. The religious people you criticize in this particular matter haven’t taken anything from anyone. All they have asked is that they not be forced to pay for or provide coverage for services they believe to be immoral. Is that so hard to get? Is that request so unreasonable? Bluntly, many progressives will reply that it is unreasonable. Tyranny is always predicated upon some notion of what’s good, even when it has to be a good that is falsified and presented in the shadows. Nothing matters here but the end game, my friends: universal, single-payer healthcare coverage.
Why not? It will be free. “Free of charge.” It has a nice ring to it.
The Left is forever whining about the fact that Americans supposedly pay more for healthcare than anyone else on the planet. We also spend more on our pets than anywhere else. Do we need a federal mandate on that, too?
Wait until healthcare is “free.” As they say down here in the Deep South, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”