Obamacare: No Christian Insurance Companies Allowed

Nancy Pelosi’s always talking about how Obamacare is a “liberation” and a “freedom.” It signifies “health independence” that everyone will no doubt be celebrating tomorrow. It will give us all the “freedom” to pursue our happiness without concerns about potential illnesses. We’ll be able to be writers, cameramen and entrepreneurs all thanks to Obamacare.

You can “be all you can be,” as the Army used to say. Unless of course you’re a Christian who wants to operate an insurance company. That you can’t do without violating your conscience. The final version of Obamacare’s “preventive services” regulation forbids it:

 “[U]nder the regulation, if a Catholic hospital, university or charity refuses to buy coverage for the objectionable services, the regulation affirmatively commands that the health insurance company providing coverage to the organization must provide the organization’s employees and their dependents with free sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. If the “religious organization” self-insures, the regulation requires that the third-party administrator for the self-insurance plan must either pay directly for the objectionable services or “arrange” for an insurance company to do so—also free of charge to the employees and their dependents…. An insurance company that refuses on moral and religious grounds to pay for abortion-inducing drugs is barred by the regulation from taking as customers individual private citizens, for-profit corporations and their employees, non-religious non-profits and their employees, and religious non-profits and their employees.”

The only exceptions to this rule are actual “houses of worship,” as defined by the IRS. Since Christian organizations, universities and charities are not counted as “houses of worship,” they must provide coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortifacient drugs.

Pelosi calls this “freedom.” But Obamacare will force people to buy health insurance. And it will force insurance companies to offer certain “preventive services” that many people find objectionable. How “pro-choice.” We’ll all be “free” to do as we choose as long as what we choose is what the government mandates. Obamacare will “free” us from freedom and “liberate” us from liberty. It’s OK, though. Those things are overrated. It’s a lot safer and more secure to be chained to the government than to live life independent of it.