Friday, February 10, 2012

President Obama just saved the GOP with his contraception policy

President Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, announces the revamp of his contraception policy requiring religious institutions to fully pay for birth control. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh / February 10, 2012)

On Thursday, December 15, 2011 Fox News held a televised GOP debate. On that night, thousands of people complained that Fox News, without warning, brought up abortion and birth control as issues. Up till that moment, other than in a few stump speeches by the completely-ignored-at-that-point Former Senator Rick Santorum, no one had cared nor addressed the issue.
Now, just two months later, it is President Obama making this issue. President Obama directed Catholic institutions that, under Obamacare, all Catholic schools, hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes and homeless shelters must provide the "morning after" pill, contraceptives and sterilizations for all employees, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. And he gave them 18 months to comply.
The government flat out told a church what to do. The message was clear, “Do as I say, and not what it is you believe in.”
This is wrong on so many levels that it is hard to know where to begin. There is the separation of church and state, the First Amendment, a woman’s right to choose, personal accountability, and Obama’s larger than life ego to discuss.
Naturally, pro-choice advocates are doing back flips. Yeah! We can make people who are morally opposed to birth control and abortion provide them to others! And we can call it a human rights victory! Mwahahaha!

And anyone who lives in fear of too much government control and intrusion was literally shaking in their boots. How can the government order someone to do something they are morally opposed to?
Women’s health rights activists are throwing parties and saying, “Yeah! Free condoms for everyone! You can have all the sex you want now because we’re making your boss for your contraception!”
Conservatives are up in arms over the entire issue. How dare you tell a church what to do! What about the unborn children and their rights? Religious freedom! Freedom of Speech! Federal intrusion! The Constitution! You have sullied the Constitution!
And that’s when the President came back and said, “I would never want to hurt the feelings of Catholics. Here’s a little change of plans just for you.”
More specifically, the Obama Administration had ruled unilaterally that health insurance programs provided by the Catholic Church (and all religious organizations) must pay for abortions. To create a mandate that suggests the government has superior rank over all other beliefs, that a religious organization is not free to worship and act as it believes, blatantly flies in the face of all that America’s Founding Fathers held dear and risked their lives to create.
The President, either realizing that he had just made the biggest mistake of his political career, or maybe woke up and read the actual statement he had made, then changed his tune today.
The new White House statement:
Under the new policy announced today, women will have free preventive care that includes contraceptive services no matter where she works.
If a woman works for religious employers with objections to providing contraceptive services as part of its health plan, the religious employer will not be required to provide contraception coverage but her insurance company will be required to offer contraceptive care free of charge.
The company no longer has to pay, but the insurance company does.
Exactly why is it so imperative that of all the medical services offered that contraceptive care be free?? What about mammograms? Flu shots? Cancer screenings? Diabetic care? Heart health? Child wellness? Vaccines? You know, things that actually SAVE LIVES?? And not something that is, by absolutely all counts, completely controllable by a woman!
A senior White House official said that the impact of the change on insurers would be cost negated, maybe even cost-saving, because the cost of the contraception would be less than the cost of covering unwanted pregnancies and other conditions that can be avoided with birth control.
You know what else saves money? Women taking responsibility for their own actions. You don’t want to get pregnant? Well, you know what to do, not to do as the case may be.
You want to make it easier for women to not get pregnant? Raise the cost of Lady Schick razors, and require them to look at the household income before sex.
When did a "right to choose" become more important that personal responsibility and accountability?
But back to the Republicans, where in spite of being millionaires all, these candidates were obviously incapable of buying a box of condoms.
Two months ago, heck, two weeks ago, social issues were not a crucial discussion in the GOP primary. But now, thanks to President Obama, we have religious liberties, abortion, and a woman’s right to choose at the forefront of discussions. And Republicans should be thrilled.
Because the Republican Party has failed to unite during the primaries, and it is because of the lack of actual conservative social issues being discussed. It is difficult for anyone to bond and unite over something as dull as capital gains and business taxes, regardless of need. But people do unite and come together over the moral and social issues. Voters will come out in droves to support the candidate they believe will stop injustices on moral issues. Thanks to President Obama, we just might see the Republican Party find common ground, and come out fighting together. The GOP is about to find its energy, its passion, its love for America all over again. And all that energy is going to be shot out of a cannon right at President Obama.

Thank you, sir, you just saved the Republican party and gave us something to rally around again.

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