The (conservative / anti-woman / constitutional-fetishist) verdict is in: “Even Obama’s ‘Compromise’ Is Unconstitutional”
Even Pres. Obama’s alleged “compromise” on his contraception mandate is unconstitutional, a House Republican leader and the chairman of a public policy research center said today.
Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) says Obama’s revised version of an ObamaCare mandate still violates the Constitution:
“This ObamaCare rule still tramples on Americans’ First Amendment right to freedom of religion. It’s a fig leaf, not a compromise. Whether they are affiliated with a church or not, employers will still be forced to pay an insurance company for coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs.”
“This is not just a problem for church-affiliated hospitals and charities. Under these rules, a small business owner with religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs and contraception must either violate his religious beliefs or violate the law.”
“The liberal Obama administration thinks its political goals trump the religious faith of American citizens. That isn’t right, fair, or constitutional.”
Amy Ridenour, chairman of the National Center for Public Policy Research, agrees:
“Isn’t the compromise just a big spin and an insult to churches, because it implies that they just want an ‘out’ to permit them to pretend that they aren’t providing coverage they believe is immoral?
The HHS mandate is an unconstitutional infringement of the First Amendment. The compromise is, too.
Sure. But if you believe the Constitution to be a flawed document, you won’t be terribly impressed by the suggestion that your power grab / political pander to your base is potentially unconstitutional. In fact, you’re even more willing to press the issue — and let a politicized court decide — because if you win, you’ve fundamentally transformed the relationship between the State and the individual, and if you lose, well, you’ve still shown a base that wants nothing more than scuttling of constitutional limits on government powers that problematize their grand Utopian schemes that you are willing to throw off your oath to defend the Constitution in order to deconstruct it.
Writes Terry Jeffrey:
To individual American Catholics, and those who share the Catholic religious and moral conviction that sterilization, artificial contraception and abortion are wrong, Obama said: I am ordering you to buy a health insurance plan that violates the teachings of your faith and your conscience.
To insurance companies, Obama said: If you do business with a Catholic organization–or a religiously based organization that shares the Catholic view on sterilization, contraception or abortion–you must provide sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients to the employees of that organization free of charge.
This is exactly as if Obama were to say to grocery stores: You must provide milk, meat, and bread to your customers free of charge.
We have here not only a violation of the fundamental right to freedom of conscience, guaranteed by the First Amendment, but a violation of the property rights of insurance companies.
The president’s edict that Americans must buy insurance plans that cover all FDA approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions, means he is saying to Americans: You must pay a private company to dispense drugs that kill unborn children.
No man has the rightful moral authority to issue such an order. It is an act of tyranny.
To which Obama and his progressive fellow-travelers might quip, “you say that as if it’s a bad thing…”