Many have already posted about this issue, but there is something about the video I include, hearing Jay Carney opine, gives me that adrenaline rush of anger. Two points I will make. One, note that Carney says it was “the Institute” that made this decision. Recall the now infamous “death Panels” that Sarah Palin warned us about, and was excoriated. The second point, recall the George Stephanopoulos smack down over Contraception during one of the debates? We could not understand where he was coming from? Could it be possible that he knew this was coming, and wanted to get Romney, et al on the record? What a coincidence now. Here we go.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says there are no “constitutional rights issues” involved in a regulation issued by the administration that requires all health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that induce abortions.
Because the Catholic Church holds that sterilization, artificial contraception and abortion are morally wrong and Catholic cannot be involved in them, the regulation in combination with the Obamacare mandate that all Americans buy health insurance will force American Catholics to choose between following the federal regulation or following the teachings of their church.
The regulation includes an exemption for “religious” employers, but to qualify for the exemption an employer must primarily employ people of its own faith, primarily serve people of its own faith, and primarily be involved in inculcating the tenets of the faith. In their comments to HHS on the regulation, the Catholic bishops said this “religious” exemption was so narrow Jesus Himself would not qualify for it.