Ron Paul: It’s Time to Abort Obamacare

by Ron Paul

Many religious conservatives understandably are upset with the latest Obamacare mandate, which will require religious employers (including Catholic employers) to provide birth control to workers receiving healthcare benefits. This mandate includes certain birth control devices that are considered abortifacients, like IUDs and the “morning after” pill.

Of course Catholic teachings forbid the use of any sort of contraceptive devices, so this rule is anathema to the religious beliefs of Catholic employers. Religious freedom always has been considered sacrosanct in this country. However, our federal bureaucracy increasingly forces Americans to subsidize behaviors they find personally abhorrent, either through agency mandates or direct transfer payments funded by tax dollars.

Proponents of this mandate do not understand the gravity of forcing employers to subsidize activities that deeply conflict with their religious convictions. Proponents also do not understand that a refusal to subsidize those activities does not mean the employer is “denying access” to healthcare. If employers don’t provide free food to employees, do we accuse them of starving their workers?

In truth this mandate has nothing to do with healthcare, and everything to do with the abortion industry and a hatred for traditional religious values. Obamacare apologists cannot abide any religious philosophy that promotes large, two parent, nuclear, heterosexual families and frowns on divorce and abortion. Because the political class hates these values, it feels compelled to impose—by force of law—its preferred vision of society: single parents are noble; birth control should be encouraged at an early age; and abortion must be upheld as an absolute moral right.

So the political class simply tells the American people and American industry what values must prevail, and what costs much be borne to implement those values. This time, however, the political class has been shocked by the uproar to the new mandate that it did not anticipate or understand.

But Catholic hospitals face the existential choice of obeying their conscience and engaging in civil disobedience, or closing their doors because government claims the power to force them to violate the teachings of their faith. This terrible imposition has resonated with many Americans, and now the Obama administration finds itself having to defend the terrible cultural baggage of the anti-religious left.

Of course many Catholic leaders originally supported Obamacare because they naively believe against all evidence that benign angels in government will improve medical care for the poor. And many religious leaders support federal welfare programs generally without understanding that recipients of those dollars can use them for abortions, contraceptives, or any number of activities that conflict deeply with religious teachings. This is why private charity is so vitally important and morally superior to a government-run medical system.

The First Amendment guarantee of religious liberty is intended to ensure that Americans never have to put the demands of the federal government ahead of the their own conscience or religious beliefs. This new policy turns that guarantee on its head. The benefits or drawbacks of birth control are not the issue. The issue is whether government may force private employers and private citizens to violate their moral codes simply by operating their businesses or paying their taxes.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=perfacetus perfacetus

    I can’t talk for others, but I think some versions of socialised healthcare are fantastic. As for creationsim, anti abortion and isolationism, well they may be right wing, but they are great concepts and are not ‘far-right’.

    As for Ron Paul, he is against the ‘war on drugs’ that isn’t very right wing.However, I’m not necessarily personally endorsing him. I was just drawn by your criticism of him for criticising evo.

    »crosslinked«

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=asubjectiveopinion asubjectiveopinion

    Such as creationism, anti-abortion, isolationism, the repeal of civil rights legislation, voting to remove funding from social welfare projects, opposing socialised healthcare, distributing extremist leaflets, propogating rightist conspiracy theories about the Federal Reserve and immigration, shall I go on?
    What about the man ISN’T far-right?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=perfacetus perfacetus

    I don’t know how God made the world, it involved a lot of knowledge/science I’m sure of that. I just don’t buy the fair tale you believe that it all happened with no intelligent input and merely by the application of physical forces that empirically produce nothing more difficult to make than sand.

    Far right opinions? Lol, such as?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=asubjectiveopinion asubjectiveopinion

    So that’s it then? You’re just going to deny the existence of the evidence in favour of a bronze age rule book that says an old man in the sky made the world in a week?
    How can you believe such nonsense?
    Or are you simply one of the majority of “christians” who don’t believe the fairy story stuff but simply use religion as a means to apply a thin veneer of respectability to outrageous far-right political opinions?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=asubjectiveopinion asubjectiveopinion

    So that’s it then? You’re just going to deny the existence of the evidence in favour of a bronze age rule book that says an old man in the sky made the world in a week?
    How can you believe such nonsense?
    Or are you simply one of the majority of “christians” who don’t believe the fairy story stuff but simply use religion as a means to apply a thin veneer of respectability to outrageous far-right political opinions?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=perfacetus perfacetus

    Well, you present your opinions with great confidence when one considers that antibiotics have no effect on viruses. They are for the treatment of bacterium so praying would in fact be far more helpful. I don’t recall him advocating leeches, I don’t know why you’re mentioning those.

    If there were 150 years of scientific evidence, maybe people would be convinced, but in reality there isn’t.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=asubjectiveopinion asubjectiveopinion

    I’m just someone who thinks that denying 150 years of scientific evidence and endeavour for ideological reasons is insane and worrying behaviour and shows just how out of touch Ron Paul really is with the majority of people.
    What does “Dr” Ron Paul do when he has to prescribe antibiotics? Does he just say that it’s impossible for a virus to evolove and tell the patient to pray to recovery while he applies some leeches and calls for the bile-chanter?
    The man is clearly deranged.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=asubjectiveopinion asubjectiveopinion

    I’m just someone who thinks that denying 150 years of scientific evidence and endeavour for ideological reasons is insane and worrying behaviour and shows just how out of touch Ron Paul really is with the majority of people.
    What does “Dr” Ron Paul do when he has to prescribe antibiotics? Does he just say that it’s impossible for a virus to evolove and tell the patient to pray to recovery while he applies some leeches and calls for the bile-chanter?
    The man is clearly deranged.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=perfacetus perfacetus

    Well that isn’t much of an argument but you’re entitled to your opinion.

    You also managed to use “you’re” correctly too, so clearly you’re not a troll.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=asubjectiveopinion asubjectiveopinion

    You’re nuts.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=perfacetus perfacetus

    In as short as possible:
    the scientific method is test, observe, repeat.

    At no point in time has anyone observed the random mutation of organisms in such a fashion as to create novel organic mechanisms. That is to say, scientifically evo has never been seen and conveniently we’ll all die before we’d ‘expect’ to see it.
    It requires a bit too much blind acceptance.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=asubjectiveopinion asubjectiveopinion

    Oh for goodness sake, you’re not another denier are you?
    What on earth is wrong with you people?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=perfacetus perfacetus

    Scientific evidence? Perhaps when there is some he’ll go with it.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=KillaBryx KillaBryx

    He doesn’t believe in evolution for the same reason that some people don’t believe in God

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=megarational megarational

    Everyone who wants to be more informed about health care systems worldwide and comparisons with the US system watch the non-partisan documentary “Global Lessons the GPS road map for saving health care” – Fareed Zakaria airing this Sunday on CNN.

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  • Dina Kim

    This has less to do with religion and more to do with the gov’t forcing private companies to provide for free services and products. This Obama mandate is an affront to all Americans irrespective of their religious or non-religious leanings.

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  • Freedom Liker

    I love R.P. but on the subject of medical insurance, I don’t quite see how anything but a federal program can enlist enough people in order to provide coverage for the unfortunates who contract rare expensive-to-treat diseases. Can anyone explain?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=yaahme yaahme

    O-BomB-a + Mittens = Brothers of the different mother

    Dr. Ron Paul 2012 for the Love of God and for all Humanity!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=asubjectiveopinion asubjectiveopinion

    *cure

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=asubjectiveopinion asubjectiveopinion

    Why doesn’t Ron Paul believe in evolution, what kind of doctor denies scientific evidence?
    How did he try to sure his patients; with leeches and bile chanting?

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