By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Hardly discussed, Obamacare should be considered anathema. It
became official yesterday. As the US Supreme Court upheld the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, the Catholic
church now faces its greatest, most fundamental threat in modern
American history. And although many Catholics continue to support
President Obama, it is probably because they do not understand the
implications of the ruling and Obama's battle royale with the Catholic
Certainly, the Church has no opposition to improving the quality of life
of all people, especially the poor and disadvantaged. The Church
supports making health care available for all. So viewed simply, some
Catholics think Obama could be a reasonable choice for president.
However, the reality of how to open health care to all isn't a simple
thing. The reality is, some of President Obama's policies, such as the
dreaded HHS mandate in the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act, are
overtly anti-Catholic and anti-Life. Other of his policies are quietly
anti-Catholic and anti-life.
And while some provisions of
Obamacare may be popular and have good intentions, they are tainted with
profound difficulties and could have an evil effect. Obama
has apparently managed to stealthily maneuver some Catholics into
supporting an anti-life political agenda.
Obamacare compels Catholics to participate in anti-life activities, no
matter how much they are opposed to it. Not only is this evil, but it is
coercive and tramples upon our God-given, First Amendment protected,
right to freedom of religion and conscience.
How does this happen?
Obamacare considers contraceptives, sterilizations, abortifacients, and
abortion as "preventative services" under its definition of "health
care". The underlying presumption is that pregnancy is a disease. When
people pay into the Obamcare scheme, whether as taxpayers or through
their insurance, their dollars will be used to finance these procedures,
some of which must be provided for free to all women. The people have
no choice - the individual mandate means everyone pays.
It is ironic that a national federalized healthcare plan would make
anti-life procedures absolutely free while still requiring people to pay
out-of-pocket for lifesaving procedures and medications.
Worse, there is no means to allow supposedly free people to opt out of
paying into such plans. Now, even your parish priest must pay for
insurance or pay a penalty that will one way or another go into a system
that uses his money to fund anti-life procedures.
Of course the Bishops of the Catholic church have raised this point on
behalf of all Catholics, other Christians and people of good will, but
the Obama administration has ignored their pleas.
This is why Catholics cannot support Obamacare in its present form. And
the disrespect and disdain for the Catholic Church is one reason why
faithful Catholics should not support Obama. This is a problem for the
President, because a great number of Catholics are registered Democrats.
By disrespecting the church, Obama is actually disrespecting a large
portion of his potential base.
It is true there are other issues besides abortion that should factor
into one's election day calculus, but none are so fundamental as
coercing church institutions to pay for contraception, sterilization,
and abortion inducing drugs. Certainly, these practices claim more human
life than any other government misdeed, even war included. The death
toll of the unborn from abortifacients and abortion is literally
impossible to calculate.
Perhaps most fundamentally, is that the controversial "preventative
services" offered by Obamacare are rooted in a worldview that is
quintessentially anti-life. Nothing good can come of such a worldview,
and its fruits must be rejected outright.
The final reason to reject Obamacare, of course, is that by offering no
choice whatsoever to the faithful (ironically, in the name of "choice"),
Obamacare tramples underfoot the most critical of our civil rights.
Ultimately, no matter how charismatic may finds the President or how
popular some of the provisions of Obamacare are (yes, several provisions
are badly needed - but can be achieved through other legislative and
policy means) no Catholic should support a plan that is so
fundamentally anti-life and anti-freedom, nor should they in good faith
support its author.
There is more to Obamacare than meets the eye, and the faithful Catholic
would be well served to listen to their Bishops and exercise their
conscience and faithful citizenship at the ballot box in November.