Obama Didn’t Blink. We Can’t Either.

I’ve found that evil usually triumphs…unless good is very, very careful.

–DR. MCCOY, Star Trek: The Original Series, “The Omega Glory”

I’m going to take my time commenting about President Obama’s recent “compromises” on the HHS Mandate. I want to let the fur fly for a while.

In the meantime, here are a few facts and a couple of opinions that I want you to think about as we winnow through the political/media chaff.

1. President Obama did not offer this “compromise” because he was being a statesman. He was responding to the fact that his administration was under a court order to live up to its promises concerning the mandate. I wrote about this when it happened. You can find that post here.

A Hobby Lobby store. Photo courtesy of the Becket Fund.

2. Hobby Lobby’s attorney made a statement to ProLife News affirming what many people had already surmised: The President’s “compromise” will not help companies like Hobby Lobby. I will put an excerpt of this statement and another link to it below.

Cardinal Dolan addresses the Democratic National Convention, 2012

3. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is taking much the same approach to this “compromise” that I am. They want to read through it and think. Their statement says:

In response to today’s release of revised regulations for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, provided the following statement on behalf of the USCCB.

“Today, the Administration issued proposed regulations regarding the HHS mandate. We welcome the opportunity to study the proposed regulations closely. We look forward to issuing a more detailed statement later.”

4. I gave my initial reaction to the “compromise” yesterday when I wrote HHS Mandate: Did Obama Blink? My feeling then as now is that no, he did not blink. And we shouldn’t, either.

5. My opinion is that President Obama did the least he could do and still give an appearance of cooperating with the federal court order that his administration was under. I also think that his slave dogs in the media will tout this as the “great compromise” that it is not and that members of the public who either (a) worship President Obama, or, (b) hate Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular will follow right along with this obvious lie.

The article published by ProLifeNews about the statement from Hobby Lobby’s attorney says in part:

“Today’s proposed rule does nothing to protect the religious liberty of millions of Americans. The rights of family businesses like Hobby Lobby are still being violated,” Kyle Duncan, General Counsel for The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty, said.

He said, “The Becket Fund continues to study what effect, if any, the Administration’s proposed rule has on the many lawsuits on behalf of non-profit religious organizations like Ave Maria University, Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University, East Texas Baptist University, EWTN, Houston Baptist University, and Wheaton College.” (Read more here.)

  • http://theshepherdspresence.wordpress.com Karyl

    My immediate response was the same as your point 4. Mr. Obama is just a part of a whole of the party who brought us this ACA monster! I bet the President has not read it in entirety. If I ever have a week with nothing to do, I may read it, if I can get through the gobbelty gook. Sigh.

  • Bill S

    It’s obvious that the President has done his best to obey the court order without taking away any of the women’s rights he has secured under the mandate. There is no way he is going to cave to the USCCB or the Catholic Church. This is the best deal that is going to be offered. The nonsense about contraception being intrinsically evil and the “abortion inducing” morning after or week after pill has got to be ignored by all rational people. The Administration has gone more than halfway in addressing the moral concerns (as ridiculous as they are) of the Catholic Church and its affiliates.

    • Chauffeur

      Clearly Bill S, you don’t understand the issue, or the religious freedom provided by our Constitution. Perhaps you fall under catagory 5(a) or 5(b) above, but dissing our beliefs simply because you don’t understand them is a very narrow and small-minded view.

  • Bill S

    5(a) I don’t worship Obama but I do admire his resolve.

    5(b) I hate phony morality. I do understand your beliefs because they used to be mine as well. Now I see how ridiculous they are. My eyes have been opened to the real truth not the phony truth espoused by the Catholic Church.

    The bans on contraception in early stage abortion are ludicrous.

  • BeckyC

    If I woman doesn’t like
    not having the cost of her pills, abortifacients, and abortions
    paid for by everyone else
    as an employee benefit for her,

    you know, robbing Petra to pay for Paula’s abortions,

    then she doesn’t have to choose to work for the Catholic Church or a Catholic institutions or a faithful Christian employer. Pregnancy is not a disease. If a woman thinks she is inconvenienced by a pregnancy, she needs to remember that the fetus would be utterly inconvenienced by an abortion.

    Anyhow, I wonder whether this irrational insistence on contraception-for-all-women-paid-for-by-all-women is a stepping stone to controlling healthcare costs, and environmental costs, and education costs, and policing costs. The left seems entirely happy with the high rate of abortions among poor women.

    How close does this step take us to the day when we tell a 14-year-old girl, hey! if you want medical care, let us implant this tiny device. ? Or we tell a 24-year-old woman who has just gotten a marriage license (to marry a man), hey! we ran a genetic check on you, and we don’t think it’s a good idea for you to have children, let us implant this tiny device. ?

    China carefully regulates reproduction.

  • Bill S

    ” If a woman thinks she is inconvenienced by a pregnancy, she needs to remember that the fetus would be utterly inconvenienced by an abortion.”

    You do realize that, other than the foolishness about the morning after pill, the HHS mandate does not cover abortion. Yet your whole post is all about abortion. More contraception will reduce the unwanted pregnancies which should reduce the need for abortions.

    If you are someone who compares taking the morning after or week after pill to having a later stage abortion then you are just being unreasonable and will always be opposed to legitimate efforts to provide complete health care services for women.

    That’s why some Catholics will never support Obama.

    • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

      Correction: that’s why Catholics will never support Obama. After this display of brutal aggression – in violation not only of the first but of the eighth amendment – Obama has shown that he is still the man who voted for partial-birth abortion and for killing babies born alive. Anyone who, after this, claims to be Catholic and supports the so-and-so, is either too blind or too lazy to call himself anything but a slave.


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