Some of my co-workers abandon office comforts
in order to wait for a spot to a Supreme Court case.
Even now, several of my officemates are camped outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in hopes of getting seats to tomorrow’s arguments in the latest Obamacare religious liberty appeal.
Though several of them are attorneys, their interest in the case—a legal challenge by the Little Sisters of the Poor—is more than academic. The outcome is almost certain to affect how all of us are compensated by our employer.
Our company is not a party to this case, but like the Little Sisters, our executives did object to the original Obamacare mandate that employee healthcare include free prescription contraceptives. I assume this objection was based on the fact that some contraceptives act as abortifacients.
Just Not Enough
After the outcome of an earlier Supreme Court case regarding Obamacare, our company and others were offered an accommodation for religious objections—one which the Little Sisters found less than satisfactory.
The nuns argue that being required to participate in the process of supplying contraceptives violates their religious freedom. I agree with them, though not necessarily for exactly the same reasons.
I do think this case poses a serious affront to personal freedom, especially religious liberty. But more than that, I believe Obamacare embodies the kind of government nannyism—intrusive to the point of absurdity—that undermines what is supposed to form the foundation for an equitable society: basic fairness and common sense.
Consider the overarching reach Obamacare has acquired.
It requires all employers of a certain size to provide employee health care insurance. Then it dictates of what, as a consumer product in the private sector, health insurance must consist.
When employers object that they’re being required to pay for something that violates their religious convictions, the government offers an accommodation that really isn’t. Fine, the feds say, we’ll simply make the insurance company pay for this objectionable thing—as if by a trick of accounting they can shift both the ultimate cost and the moral responsibility.
Thanks for Nothing
It’s not only ridiculous, it’s wasteful.
I know this, because before Obamacare my employer offered some unusual but very useful benefits in its healthcare coverage. Those, unfortunately, have gone away. In their place I’ve been issued a separate insurance card I can use to obtain prescription-grade contraceptives for absolutely free!
At least, I’ve been told that they’re free. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to realize any savings because, according to both my family doctor and pharmacist, there aren’t any prescription-grade contraceptives available for men. (I just had to ask.) As for my wife, she’s on the cusp of menopause.
Nevertheless, the federal government’s executive branch is so certain that my health will suffer unless I have unfettered access to something that doesn’t exist that for my own good it’s willing to browbeat a bunch of nuns. (A word of advice to the feds. They’re nuns. They don’t need birth control either.)
So kudos to my co-workers for their overnight vigil in D.C. Let’s just hope what they witness tomorrow is freedom being defended.