Friday, February 10, 2012

Religious Liberty - #3645- Rush Limbaugh: Obama Didn't Cave on the HHS Mandate; He's Making an Unprecedented Power Grab (2) Statement from George Allen on President Obama's HHS Mandate

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! 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"?  Read more........

Statement from George Allen on President Obama's HHS Mandate - George Allen today issued the following statement on President Obama’s announcement regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) health care mandate:  “This continued arrogant and absurd proposal by the Obama Administration doesn’t make realistic economic or principled sense. I would not support prohibiting contraceptives, nor is that the issue. This is an issue of the government overriding the First Amendment and dictating to religious organizations that they must provide services which are contrary to their deeply held beliefs. This latest political gimmick from Washington fails to address the intrusive government overreach in this health care monstrosity and shows among many reasons why Obamacare must be repealed and replaced.  “The federal government should not be dictating to small businesses, insurance companies, patients, doctors, religious organizations or anyone else what kind of health care coverage they are required to buy. The fact that my opponent, Tim Kaine, is cheering today’s political maneuver by this Administration underscores his continued misunderstanding of the harmful impact it’s having on seniors, families, employees, health care providers and small businesses in Virginia, while adding to our national debt. Tim Kaine believes Obamacare is a ‘great achievement.’ I believe it ought to be repealed.

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