By Alden L. Benton
An article in today’s The Hill reports that the Senate blocked an amendment offered by Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) that would allow “any employers opt out of healthcare coverage mandates that violate their religious or moral beliefs.”
The amendment failed 51-48 with three Democrats (Joe Manchin –W.VA, Bob Casey –PA, and Bob Nelson-NE) voting with Republicans and one Republican (Olympia Snowe –Maine) voting with the Democrats.
The amendment was in response to Health and Human Services’ assault on the First Amendment through requiring everyone to buy insurance that covers the cost of contraception and abortion services.
The Democrats have ratcheted up the hype and lies, as only they can do. The current mantra is that without this draconian, anti-religious mandate, women will be denied their “right” to access these drugs and services.
Hogwash! Thanks to tax-supported organizations like Planned Parenthood, we virtually have abortion on demand for any woman of any economic status at very little, if any, cost. Contraceptives are inexpensive and available at any drug store in the country. If a prescription is required, no problem as there are thousands of tax-supported clinics to provide them.
So just how is not forcing everyone to buy insurance to pay for this denying anyone’s ability to obtain an abortion or contraceptives?
It does not. It is nothing more than lies and distortion by the left to legitimize an ever expanding government and its control over the lives of individual Americans. It is also an overt attempt to marginalize the influence of religion in American society.
The Republican Party has framed the issue as an attack on the religious freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
While I agree with this argument, fighting Obamacare mandates and regulations one by one will fail, even if the Republicans gain control of the Senate.
The only way to kill the myriad evils of Obamacare is to repeal it. Even if the U.S. Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional, repeal every remaining vestige of it.
The only way this will happen is for the Republican Party to keep control of the House, gain control of the Senate, and elect a Republican president.
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