President Obama was recently interviewed by a local news station, WWL, and answered questions about the HHS mandate. The local reporter, Karen Swenson, related a question from a viewer:
“(Viewer Michael Varino) describes himself as a Catholic voter and wrote ‘What can you say about a healthcare bill that’ll mandate insurance companies to provide birth control, sterilization, etc. to employees of Catholic universities, hospitals and churches since this goes against the Catholic religion? We know there is compromising language in place. Some say it doesn’t go far enough and that the real, the much bigger issue is religious liberty, not contraception.”
President Obama’s answer was very interesting:
“Yeah. Well it’s absolutely true that religious liberty is critical. That’s what our country was founded on. That’s the reason why we exempted churches, we exempted religious institutions.
Please note the last statement in that paragraph, which is absolutely false. Religious institutions are not exempted. Catholic charities are not exempted. Orders of religious men and women are not exempted. Catholic schools are not exempted. The Salvation Army is not exempted.
The president continued:
Obama then added that he thought religious hospitals, like Catholic institutions, and universities that employ non-Catholics and receive federal funds should be required to cover abortion-causing drugs, birth control, and contraception under Obamacare. He said the idea that women would have to bear “the burden and the cost” was not right.
Note the subtle addition of “receives federal funds.” Remember that receiving federal funds does not mean that you lose your first amendment rights. Note also that Obama is redefining the nature of religion right before our eyes (ears?). If a Catholic institution employs non-Catholics, it doesn’t qualify as a religious institution.
“But we did say that big Catholic hospitals and universities that employ a lot of non-Catholics and who receive a lot of federal money — that for them to be in position to ay to a woman who works there that you can’t get that from your insurance company even though the institution isn’t paying for it — that that crosses the line and the woman is going to have to bear the burden and pay the cost for that,” Obama said. “That’s not fair,” Obama said.
You should feel very badly about this, is the implication. If you don’t want to pay for someone else’s abortion-inducing drugs, or sterilization, or contraception, you are not being fair.