Flash: Obama to Push Fake Accommodation to Religious Institutions

Jake Tapper, ABCNews

In a move that is clearly aimed at lessening the political damage to his administration, but will factually do almost nothing to address the issue, ABCNews is reporting that Barack Obama or some spokesman will reportedly make a statement Friday on an alleged concession to or accommodation of religious organizations on the contraception coverage  mandate.  The proposed “solution” would mere shift the responsibility under the edict to  insurers.  All of this is an attempt to satisfy his leftist base, while making it appear that he’s substantially changing his position where the rest of us are concerned.  Shifting the object of the edict from religious institutions to their insurance providers is not really making a factual change in the results, but it changes the way it will operate, giving the President political cover.

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t be fooled: Obama still intends to shove this down the throats of people of faith, and the fact that they’re going to put the onus on insurers does nothing to alleviate the concerns.  It simply means that religious organizations will have no choice except to insure people on policies that will have federally-mandated coverage requirements, because what the administration will now do is bully insurers instead of religious entities.  That’s not a concession, and it’s not an accommodation, and while it may offer a technical out for Obama to claim he hadn’t been oppressing the religious freedoms of Americans, it merely means that he will oppress their religious free exercise indirectly.

The insurance mandate will remain.  All that will change is who will be compelled to enforce it.  At that point, what you must admit is that Obama is accommodating anything, but merely shifting the means by which his goal will be obtained.  This is the typical leftist approach: When caught with your hand in the cookie jar, quickly withdraw it, while merely reaching with the other hand into the same jar, hoping you will not notice.  Expect the media to portray this as “Obama caves,” but that’s a lie.   He isn’t caving.  He isn’t changing his objective.  He still intends to force Catholics, and other Christians to comply with the goal of seeing to it that all contraceptive measures are available to all women through health-care insurance.

Don’t fall for it.  It’s a political show, but the net effect is meaningless. He isn’t surrendering the idea of coercing people of faith, but merely trying to convince them that his coercion is aimed at insurers.  You can watch Jake Tapper’s report on ABCNews here:

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This isn’t even accommodation. Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that Obama is still going to shove this down the throats of faith-based organizations, and there is no way around it. This may fool some people into believing that Obama has made an accommodation, but at the end of the day, this still results in a government edict on how money from people of faith will be spent.  So he shifted responsibility to the insurers, but this changes nothing about the results. Nothing.  Don’t let up.  This isn’t Obama surrendering on the issue, but instead  merely trying to re-frame the issue to his advantage.  It’s still a dictatorial action, no matter how we slice it.


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9 Responses to Flash: Obama to Push Fake Accommodation to Religious Institutions

  1. eyetooth tom says:

    Picked this up by another person's comment from article by Daniel Henninger yesterday, article was Transformers.
    Re-read in Hayek's book, you know which one, the chapter "The End of Truth." Then you see why the deception by media, movies, and "the authority" in any state. Goes far but start at the present top, all records, school, medical, associations with whom, on and on. Hide the truth, all must conform, dissenting opinion however minor won't be tolerated.
    Just thought I'd through that in. Not plagiarism. Just passing on.

  2. If Obama’s teleprompter malfunctioned and flashed the TRUTH and Obama chocked on that truth, could the HEIMLICH MANEUVER be applied in time to avoid Biden becoming President? http://commonsense21c.com/

  3. Thomas Dixon says:

    We are getting only a small taste of how this tyrannical despot will impose absolute control over his subjects when the social upheaval occurs. Saddest of all is the action (or inaction) of our duly elected representatives to alter the course of this "ship of state."

    From my youth, I've been a student of history perhaps as result of my military upbringing. During my own service career, I was stationed twice in Germany. Much of my free time was spent trying to understand how a nation, a whole society could have succumbed to those evil overlords that threw the entire world into war causing death to over 40 million people.

    I read books, casually conversed with Germans, French, Belgiques, Dutch, Italians, visited battlefields, cemeteries, fortifications trying my best to comprehend how that great cataclysm came to be. Of course, I found a myriad of answers that were each small portions of the whole. But, the one book I found that best described how an intelligent, sophisiticated people could be voluntarily led into servitude is "They Thought They Were Free, The Germans 1933-1945" by Milton Mayer.

    There's an exerpt here: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/511928…. George Santayana prophetically said, "Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it." I fear good Americans of our last three generations have ceased to learn from history as the Progressives so cleverly erased it. Our future looks bleak if we fail to block this tyrant at every minute encroachment to our liberty.

  4. Kathleen says:

    From what I read at the Townhall post it looks like the compromise wasn't really compromiise. The church would still have provide contraceptives but not pay for them.

    • eyetooth tom says:

      Kinda like artificial insemination of the truth?

    • JohnInFlorida says:

      Of course the church will pay … Inclusion of additional services in an insurance package that must be provided to the recipient at no charge will INCREASE the cost of the policy and the employer (Church) will pay for the increased cost of the policy (and the underlying service) … Compromise? What compromise??

  5. Now, BHO has mandated that ALL insurance policies provide free birth control.

    What will he mandate next in the name of "wellness"?