Let no one doubt the anti liberty agenda of Obamacare. In place of traditional American liberty based on the principles of limited government, Obamacarians are erecting a bureaucratic state, complete with centralized control, cronyism, ideological impositions, benefits to favored constituencies, ever increasing dependencies, spiced with an anti religion agenda that would force religious non profits and charities to choose between their service missions and following the precepts of their faith (through the Free Birth Control/Sterilization/Abortifacient Rule for now, more later).
Fortunately, our Founders had the prescience to know that fallible humans would seek to increase the power of government, so they created the Bill of Rights to thwart that agenda. The first liberty mentioned in the First Amendment is the double protection against the establishment of a state church—now more broadly construed—and freedom of the people to “exercise” their religion—which is far broader than mere ”freedom of worship.” Hence, lawsuits are being filed against the Free Birth Control Rule—now including by seven states. From the AP story:
Seven states asked a federal judge Thursday to block an Obama administration mandate that requires birth control coverage for employees of religious-affiliated hospitals, schools and outreach programs...Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate, said the administration’s regulation “forces of millions of Americans to choose between following religious convictions and complying with federal law. “We will not stand idly by while out constitutionally guaranteed liberties are discarded by an administration that has sworn to uphold them,” he said. The lawsuit alleges that the rule will effectively force religious employers and organizations to drop health insurance coverage, which will raise enrollment in state Medicaid programs and increase patient numbers at state-subsidized hospitals and medical centers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is named as a defendant.
It shouldn’t be seven, but fifty states.
President Obama ran for office promising to be a bridge uniting “Blue” and “Red” America. Instead, he has governed with a sledge hammer, blowing up comity and exacerbating our growing national disunion. If Obamacare prevails in the courts and in the 2012 election he will have succeeded in finally accomplishing Leftists’ long-yearned-for desire to “transform” the USA into an entitlement state that will squeeze the air out of liberty like a python killing its prey.