I recently attended a Covered California enrollment event for Obamacare as a leader in the inner city. Covered California is the marketplace for Californians to shop for affordable health insurance. Nearly 150 attendees enrolled–some enrolled for Medicaid and the others enrolled in private plans through the state exchange.
However, the underbelly of this train wreck, called Obamacare, is its assault against religious freedom. Millions of low and middle-income families qualify for an “affordability tax credit” or subsidy. The assault occurs where the subsidy allows the purchase of a plan that covers elective abortion. That’s right. The law is an end-run around the prohibition of taxpayer funded abortions by providing subsidies for health plans that include elective abortion coverage.
The Hyde Amendment has been passed every year since 1973 in the appropriation bill to the Department of Health and Human Services; it prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions except in the case of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger. The amendment has been the only barrier to taxpayer funded abortions before Obamacare. That is no longer the case.
Notwithstanding that Obamacare includes a so-called “abortion surcharge” to be paid and segregated away from insurance premiums, the proverbial horse called “taxpayer funded abortion” is out of the barn.
But the law does not stop at taxpayer subsidies. It goes further. It also mandates employers to include contraception coverage in their plans as well. The law does not intend to leave any stone uncovered. The Hobby Lobby and Conestoga case against the contraception mandate currently before the High Court highlights the aggression of the “family planning” agenda and the difficulty it intentionally places on the practice of religious freedom under the First Amendment.
Hobby Lobby in particular, a national arts and craft chain, is a for-profit corporation privately owned by the Green family who are devout evangelical Christians at risk to pay a tax of $475 million if it fails to provide the mandated coverage or $26 million if it drops its coverage altogether, their lawyer stated.
They will likely go out of business if they lose before the Supreme Court. That any corporation in America faces annihilation for choosing to practice the faith of its ownership is simply shocking.
The question the High Court must answer is whether or not the liberties afforded an individual extend to a corporation. In the case of Hobby Lobby or any individual forming a for-profit corporation guided by their faith, I hope the answer will be a resounding “Yes.”
President Obama’s history as a state senator and president on the issue of life and abortion are clear. He favors a woman’s choice to murder her child over the unborn child’s right to life. The record is clear. Through Obamacare, the president deals a silent and deadly blow to the unborn and to every American opposed to funding abortions or abortifacients.
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