President Obama said that “ALL women DESERVE FREE birth control” in his speech this past week on the HHS mandate to force all insurance companies to cover birth control free of charge. This is a slight departure from the earlier HHS mandate that all institutions regardless of religious beliefs except for a very, very restricted group must provide insurance that covered birth control. I’m sorry Mr. President, but all Americans deserve better leadership! President Obama is masterful at dividing our country, but he has yet to prove that he can get anything done to solve our country’s problems. This is only the latest example of his poor leadership.
The HHS mandate should also be a great concern to all Americans who value freedom. The HHS mandate to force all insurance companies to provide “free” birth control is a direct attack on the religious freedom of American Catholics. However, it is also an attack on any American citizen who does not believe that the government has the right to dictate to us every aspect of our lives, especially our healthcare decisions. There are numerous problems with the most recent HHS mandate.
First of all, the government has no right to declare such a mandate. President Obama thinks that he knows better than you and me how we should live our lives, and he thinks it is the government’s role to tell you how you must live. It is not enough that the government mandates things that go against our conscience, but now we must also pay for those things that go against our conscience. You think that this is bad? Just wait until the government mandates that “free” abortion services must be covered by insurance. You think I’m crazy? This current HHS mandate already includes some abortifacient drugs. In fact it is already happening in the state of Washington. Just this week, the Washington state house approved a bill that would require that any insurance policy sold to state residents for maternity coverage also must require policyholders to pay for coverage of abortions (Life News).
Let us briefly analyze what President Obama says regarding this HHS mandate.
“All women deserve free birth control”
· ALL women - I am not a woman so I will not speak on behalf of all women, but I would like to point out to President Obama that he does not speak for ALL women. To suggest that all women support this mandate for free birth control is misleading and untrue. Not all women take nor want birth control.
· Deserve – I deserve a free hamburger at Wendy’s every day for lunch. I deserve free college tuition, a high paying job, and a fancy sports car. It is this kind of talk that has led to an entitlement mentality in our country. It is destroying our country. I believe in free people to make free decisions and to work hard to earn what they receive. This president believes that the government must provide for our every need, want or desire. You are wrong Mr. President.
· Free – Anyone who has ever taken economics 101 knows that there is no such thing as a free lunch. I don’t know who President Obama thinks he is tricking. If I order a meal and the waiter says that the lunch is free is it really free? Maybe I don’t have to pay for the lunch, but someone had to prepare the lunch, and whoever prepared the lunch had to buy the ingredients to make the lunch, and the person or people who provided the ingredients had to harvest the food, etc. There is no free lunch. At the end of the day, when all insurance companies are forced to include anything in their coverage they will pass the cost on to the consumer. This will likely result in higher premiums for all of us, so that in the end even those that have religious objections to birth control, sterilizations, and abortifacient drugs will still end up paying for it.
· Birth Control – How and when did artificial birth control become a right? I have never gone shopping for birth control, but I hear that it is readily available virtually everywhere at a very reasonable price. Does this president ever mention say abstinence as a form of birth control? If he is concerned so much about the “cost” of pregnancy, maybe he should be open to embracing the birth control method that works 100% of the time; abstinence.
President Obama is a failure as president. He clearly lacks leadership qualities and this HHS mandate is only the latest example. He fills his cabinet with pro abortion, pro LBGT radicals and takes his marching orders from them regardless of the will of the people. He consults the CEO of Planned Parenthood when coming to an “accommodation” on this HHS issue, but he fails to consult the hierarchy of the Catholic Church who were the ones that had the greatest concern about the mandate in the first place. President Obama has no desire to compromise or lead. He does not care about religious liberty. He would rather promote “women’s rights” than uphold the first constitutional right of religious liberty. A leader finds ways to bring people, even people who strongly disagree with each other on certain issues, together for a common goal. This President instead tries to divide and conquer.
It is time for all Americans to stand up and say enough is enough. We want our president to be a leader. We have God given rights that no government can take away from us. We will not quietly sit by and watch as our rights are taken away from us. We have a conscience and no government can force us to violate that conscience. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are under attack. Do not let President Obama take these basic rights from you. Join me and countless other great American citizens that will hold President Obama accountable for his actions. He will not lead us; it is time for us to lead.