The Contraception Smokescreen
March 7, 2012 by Bob Livingston
The Obama regime’s desire to find a wedge issue to exploit in a political season and the fill-in-the-blanks nature of Obamacare are behind the contrived contraception controversy that exploded into the headlines last week. The faux issue has nothing to do with “women’s reproductive rights” and everything to do with re-electing President Barack Obama and gaining a Democratic majority in Congress.
In filling in some regulations, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius determined that contraception should be “free” for everyone and mandated employers include it in their healthcare plans.
Never mind that nothing is “free,” save fiat dollars the Federal Reserve is spitting out to banksters around the world at 0 percent interest.
ABC News pretty boy and Democratic mouthpiece George Stephanopoulos telegraphed this as an issue in January during the New Hampshire GOP Presidential debate. The progressive Left and mainstream media (sorry if I just repeated myself) immediately found a hot button to push.
So Obama got out front and announced that contraception was to be provided by employers for free, and even religious institutions that objected had no say. Well, religious institutions, Catholics in particular, did have something to say, and a great hue and cry ensued.
The MSM have succeeded in turning the issue into a false argument that anyone who opposed “free” contraception was a woman-hating religious nutcase who wanted to deny contraceptive devices to women. Right-wing hero Rush Limbaugh’s denigration of Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke fanned the flames. The result: The false left/right paradigm is reinforced.
Never in the history of the republic has free contraception been part of a serious policy discussion, nor has it been a front-burner issue in political discourse. Yet now, when Obama needs a wedge issue to excite (or incite) his base, suddenly women across the country are being convinced Republicans are trying to prevent them from obtaining birth control.
The real issues should be: Where in the Constitution is a (non-Constitutional) Cabinet-level agency or President granted the authority to dictate what benefits (if any) an employer must offer employees who enter into a voluntary employment contract; where in the Constitution is a (non-Constitutional) Cabinet-level agency or President granted the authority to dictate what products or services a business (insurance company) must provide for “free”; and who or what is going to pay for these “free” products?