Amid a backlash from many Catholics and proponents of religious liberty, President Barack Obama announced Friday that his administration will not require religious institutions like hospitals and universities to provide free contraception to their employees in their health insurance.
Speaking to reporters at the White House Friday, Obama offered a compromise that would allow women to obtain free contraception but would require them to obtain it directly from their insurance companies if their employers object to birth control because of religious beliefs.
“Whether you’re a teacher or a small businesswoman or a nurse or a janitor, no woman’s ‘s health should depend on who she is, or where she works, or how much money she makes,” Obama said, calling free contraceptive care a “core principle” of his health care law, which requires that all preventive services be provided at no cost to patients.
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It seems everyone is missing the main fact about what Obama did today when he compromised with the religious thing. The media says he is doing this because of a backlash from the public and the church. But what everyone is missing is this. Obama broke the rules of the Constitution by doing this in the first place. He doesn’t have the power to do what he did. And then compromising he did it again. He does not have the power to do what he is doing. And in doing it the way he is doing it, is taking our freedoms away daily without us even realizing what he is doing. We have to start looking at what he is doing, and confronting him with it. He isn’t following the constitution, and he is actively trying to keep his campaign promise of “fundamentally changing America” with each action he does. And it seems that only Rush Limbaugh is noticing this. From his show today:
Everybody’s reporting that Obama’s caving on this mandate that the Catholic services provide abortion and all. There’s not a cave here! There may be an accommodation, but there’s no big cave-in here. It’s still the government mandating this stuff happen. They’re just changing the provider. It’s not done by the church. He says he gave them a way out of it by mandating the insurance companies do it, but that’s not the point here.
So everywhere I’m reading that Obama is caving on the mandate in Obamacare that Catholic churches — well, not churches, but the schools and hospitals are mandated to provide contraceptives and abortion-related services that they religiously disagree with. “What’s happened here is that Obama’s caved! He has seen, he has heard, and now he’s gonna shift that burden to the insurance companies!” Now, there are a bunch of stories today — that one and another one involving a woman getting on an airplane, trying to get on an airplane to fly to Denver who was not permitted to get on an airplane because there were no female TSA agents to pat her down. None were on board.
She even said (paraphrased), “Look, I’ll wave it. I’ll let a guy pat me down. I need to get to Denver.” They said, “Nope, not gonna have any of that. You have to take a different flight on a different day.” It’s a small down, small airport, not a whole lot of flights. And her reaction is instructive. My point here is, ladies and gentlemen, we are losing freedom and liberty inch by inch. It’s not being taken — well, in some cases it is, but in most cases it’s not being taken from us in giant grabs. It’s little by little by little such that people don’t even see it. It doesn’t even register. Let me start with the AP version of the Obama story. “Retreating in the face of a political uproar, President Barack Obama on Friday will announce that religious…”
He’s supposed to do it in five or six minutes now, right in the middle of this program. President Obama “on Friday will announce that religious employers will not have to cover birth control for their employees after all, The Associated Press has learned. The administration instead will demand that insurance companies will be the ones directly responsible for providing free contraception.” And we’re supposed to applaud this? We’re supposed to think that we have emerged with a big victory here? Obama can mandate that we buy insurance, and now Obama can mandate what insurance companies must offer — and after mandating what insurance companies must offer, then Obama can mandate what insurance companies can charge for it?
Freedom doesn’t mean anything to this guy! Freedom doesn’t mean anything to this regime or this administration. To me, this is breathtaking. This is an incredible sight to behold here. So Obama is said to “offer a compromise proposal that is respectful of religious concerns,” and everybody’s applauding today. Now, look at this. The right to religious liberty in this context is unequivocal in our country and in the Constitution. It’s right there in the Bill of Rights. Since when does a president have the power to threaten to issue a rule gutting religious liberty? That’s the first thing. And, by the way, I don’t think any of this a mistake.
I don’t think this religious kerfuffle is something that they overreached on. I think roiling this country and distracting people, setting up these extreme things like this and then walking them back to create the illusion, “Okay, you know what? We’re not gonna take your freedom,” it’s all BS, folks. And this is being spun in such a way to make it look like the winners are winning and the losers are losing, and they’re not. The First Amendment — the Bill of Rights of the Constitution — explicitly says that government shall have nothing to do with religion. You hear, do you not, the left constantly caterwauling, whining and moaning about “separation of church and state”?
When do they do that? Whenever a religious Republican or conservative seeks political office! They start to worry about “the imposition of religious moral values on people,” and say, “This is intolerable! This is intolerable. It’s not permitted! It’s a violation of the Constitution.” So the left hates the Constitution when it’s an impediment to what they want to do. When it supports what they want to do, they’re the biggest constitutionalists in the world. So they’re all concerned about separation of church and state? No, they’re not! They are opposed to opposition. They will do anything to defeat opposition, and if the Constitution is in opposition to them, they’ll do whatever they have to do there.
So here we have again from the top: Obama’s gonna offer a compromise proposal said to be respectful of religious concerns. He started this. He started it by demanding that Catholic organizations provide birth control and other abortion-related services. That’s unconstitutional. He cannot do it. There is an appropriate uproar. The regime says, “Okay, we’ll walk it back and then we’ll make the insurance companies do it.” He’s still getting everything he wants! He’s getting mandated federal funding of abortion services — and, in the process, trampling all over the Constitution. The right to religious liberty in this context is unequivocal in our country. It’s in the Constitution!
Since when…? I’m gonna ask this again: Since when does a president have the power to threaten to issue a rule gutting religious liberty and then claims the power to make compromises on that issue? This is how, folks, we lose our liberty. This is how we lose the Constitution.
With every move, Obama is doing what he promised to do while campaigning, and we are helping him along by not watching what he is doing and calling him on it. He is constantly calling for much more than he knows will pass, then compromising and backing off, while still keeping some of his plan in action, so he essentially gets what he wanted in the first place while we all pat ourselves on the back for stopping him.
We have to stop being so damn gullible to the politicians and their “speak” because they do not talk and mean what they say. They may say something that on the surface sounds good, but there is always a special meaning that only they get, if one doesn’t look into what they are actually saying. The left is great at this game because they have been pulling this kind of thing off for about a century or more now. And for most of that time, they got everything they wanted…..without much cost to them.
The problem is, it’s costing us *the people* plenty……and none of it is good for us. We have to start calling them on everything they say……or we will no longer be the country that is free. That is what Obama and the left are working towards. No matter what they say.
What does he mean when he says that it now will be provided at no cost to the patient or the Catholic Church? He means that you and I will be paying for it now. And mark my words. This is going to backfire because now the insurance companies are going to find religion. I mean it worked for the Catholics…….unconstitutionally I might add because going back to the beginning of this…..Obama does not have the power to do this. Read the constitution and the bill of rights. He is usurping this power unconstitutionally and doing it to be our ruler, without the restraints of the constitution. It all goes back to his campaign promise of “fundamentally changing America.” And we, by not questioning what he is doing, are helping him to do just that. Destroying America!
May God Bless our efforts to help get America back, and put God back into our country
God Bless America, Bless all Americans, and bless us to start using more common sense.