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Thursday, 09 February 2012 14:00
Obama, Catholics, Healthcare In Crosshairs
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obama-smileIs the Obama administration violating the constitution, over-reaching on health care with the mandate that certain religious facilities must provide certain contraption insurance coverage as part of the President’s health care reform or what is derisively called “Obamacare”?

Or are the conservatives trying to divide and conquer by using the emotionally-explosive issue as a vehicle to eliminate that provision, reform the health care plan, or nullify the controversial law with a Republican controlled administration and Congress?

 The Obama administration's new requirement that most health insurance plans provide contraceptive services has become a war of words for republicans claiming that the lahile Democrats insisting that the GOP is playing politics as usual.  

So, who’s right on this issue? 

While trying to formulate your own thoughts on the question, here are some opinions for you to consider:

Obama, Caholics, sometimes you have to take it on faith

“When the Obama administration made the decision to require Catholic-run organizations to pay for health-care plans that include contraception, officials no doubt expected its critics to attack. What they didn’t expect, I’m just as certain, is that those friendly to so many of its policies would cry foul, too.

It’s an issue that won’t go away and the White House knows it. The DNC rapid response team is hard at work, issuing releases that explain how the rules won’t apply to churches and pointing out that many Catholic universities and hospitals already cover contraception in their plans.

Democrats are sharing survey results that say nearly six in 10 Catholics agree that employers should provide health plans that cover birth control at no cost. Fellow Republican Newt Gingrich is attacking what he says are Mitt Romney’s own inconsistency on the issue when he was governor of Massachusetts.

Will healthcare reform hurt Obama among Catholics

He’ll have to do it soon. Obama threatens to match John Kerry’s negative Catholic electoral record – Kerry lost the Catholic vote 52-47 in 2004, and he lost white Catholics 43-56. He still won Pennsylvania, a heavily Catholic state (53%), but he lost Florida (26% Catholic) and Ohio (24% Catholic). The most heavily Catholic battleground states other than those three are New Hampshire (35%), Arizona (31%), Louisiana (30%), and Wisconsin (29%). Obama’s anti-Catholic moves may hurt him there.

We’ve actually already seen some movement in terms of the Catholic vote. 

 

Fox news interview with GOP U.S. Senator Mark Rubio 

RUBIO: I say that it violates the Constitution. I mean, we -- you -- listen, we either believe in our Constitution or we don't. And the Constitution says that religious organizations are protected in their expression of religious beliefs. And if you go in and use the power of the federal government to force a religion to pay for something that the religion teaches is wrong, then you've violated that principle. You basically -- using that logic, you can force them to do all kinds of things because you think it's a good idea.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, what have you -- have you heard anything from the

 

Whose conscience 

An obvious starting point is with the 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women who, just like other American women, have exercised their own consciences and availed themselves of birth control at some point during their reproductive lives. So it’s important to be clear that the conscientious objection to the regulation comes from an institution rather than from those whose consciences it purports to represent.

Who do you feel about the issue?  Tell us below

 

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