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Putting issues of religious freedom aside for a moment, the controversy President Obama has created over "free" contraception comes down to this:
Under the health-care law passed in March 2010, insurers must cover preventive care at no out-of-pocket cost for consumers. The Institute of Medicine recommended that all forms of contraception approved by the Food and Drug Administration be included on the list of covered services.
In order to believe any type of medical care comes with "no out-of-pocket cost for consumers" (for free), as ObamaCare pretends, one has to basically believe medical care is created when the Health Care Fairy waves her magic wand. Or maybe Obama believes a mighty wizard conjures birth control pills via the alchemic process of transforming coal into Ortho Tri-Cyclen (in which case enviromental groups would be demanding a "green" alternative).
But in the real world, nothing is free. If insurers provide birth control or any other type of preventive care for "free", in reality it isn't free at all. The insurers simply pass the costs along in the form of higher insurance premiums. While you may not pay for your birth control pills at the time you receive them, someone is paying for them, either your employer or YOU. Thus, the ObamaCare mandate is based upon an impossibility, the notion of "free" health care.
Because birth control and other health care is almost NEVER supplied for free, what is this issue really about ???
Prmarily, the "free" birth control issue is about Obama trying to buy the women's vote in the 2012 elections. He got that vote in 2008, and he doesn't want to lose it. That's why he is promoting the discriminatory policy of "free" birth control.
Yes, I said it was a discriminatory policy, because it is. Notice that Obama doesn't say ALL prescription drugs should be "free" with no co-pay. Nope. The "free" pills just so happen to be the ones that will help him get re-elected, like birth control. For example, I take a pill every morning that prevents me from suffering from a metabolic disorder known as gout. It's so bad that if I don't take the pill, I can't walk. That pill costs me $175 per month, but you don't hear Obama Claus saying I should get my pills for "free". No sir. Extreme gout sufferers aren't a big enough Democrat voting bloc. When Obama Claus pimps the illusion of "free" birth control, he says things like "women shouldn't have to choose between food and birth control". That is meant to elicit an emotional response and distract you from the fact that Obama is pushing discrimination. I could frame my illness the same way and say "Mr. President, gout sufferers shouldn't have to choose between food and walking", but I won't do that, because I'm not a liberal who uses victimology for political ends, even though Obama's "free" birth control mandate discriminates against me and millions of others.
Unfortunately for Obama Claus, he made a miscalculation when pandering for the women's vote, and he alienated the vote of Catholics and other religious groups. He infringed on the First Amendment principle of religious freedom, not that he cares a whit about that. He does care about losing votes, however, so he "retreated" on his "free" birth control mandate (according to the media). It's funny though, after the alleged "retreat", birth control is still "free". Obama Claus created a distinction without a difference in the hope that religious groups will be pacified. Pretty arrogant of him, in my opinion, but Obama thinks he is smarter than others. He thinks you won't notice, and if the media has it's way, you won't.
The liberal 'Government as Santa Claus' view is no accident. They do it by design, and the "free" birth control illusion is indicative of the way liberals try to garner votes - they try to buy them. Liberals like Obama identify constituencies, and then they try to purchase their vote. It's as simple as that, and they accomplish it largely by discriminating against people. That's why Obama issues discriminatory pro-union regulations. That's why liberal oppose right-to-work law. They want to discriminate in favor of unions. That's why liberals support discriminatory race-based affirmative action-type policies. That's why liberals oppose common-sense vote fraud prevention methods like voter ID. That's why liberals supported discrimination and censorship in the Citizen's United case. That's why liberals support discrimination in campaign fundraising. That's why liberals support massive discrimination in the tax code. That's' why liberals support public sector unions holding the taxpayers hostage even when states face massive budget shortages. That's why liberals are attempting to recall Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin because they don't like regulations he implemented legally through the state legislature, regulations that limited discriminatory union power over the public. That's why the mainstream media (whose reporters are 90% Democrats) has such a liberal bias and discriminates against conservatives. Liberal redistribution-of-wealth policies are all about discriminating against people. I could go on and on.
The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution says this: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws".
When are we going to enforce this ? Never, if liberals have their way. There is no such thing as Equal Protection in their eyes. They have replaced it with something called Social Justice.
All you have to do is look at who liberals demonize and rail against the most - business, "the rich", and evangelical Christians. Do you really think it's a coincidence that these groups tend to be less liberal than others ? Not hardly. Liberals pick on them BECAUSE they are less liberal, and because they tend not to vote liberal. That's why liberals crank up the class warfare machine and turn these groups into the enemy, even though they are NOT the enemy. In fact, the private business sector is the source of ALL the wealth in this country. How can they be the enemy ? It doesn't matter to liberals. Liberals say, "let's discriminate against the sob's", even if our country goes to ruin in the process.