I’ve got a piece running in Politico today that I hope you’ll take a look at. Most of the talk has been about how the regulation in the new health law requiring Catholic institutions to cover birth control will hurt Obama with Catholic voters.
But the issue is really a shock to all voters, who will begin to recognize the potential of a second Obama administration to foist the government into their lives. And it will also be of concern to a select group of Catholic voters – the six who sit on the Supreme Court who will decide whether the insurance mandate is Constitutional.
Here’s an excerpt:
Obama’s edict, a curtailment of freedom that can result from his type of regulatory regime and statist interventions, could ultimately threaten his entire reelection.
The birth control rule is not an anomaly in the health care law that somehow sprang out of the measure and ignited a firestorm. It flows naturally from the legislation itself. The law is unique in that it commands individuals to engage in a specific behavior – getting health insurance coverage — and punishes those who refuse.
That is a concern not only to Catholics, but to every voter who thought the law was just about guaranteeing health care for all. Suddenly, there is a level of government intrusion many may not have considered. And it raises questions for everyone about how much of an impact a second Obama term would have on people’s private behavior.
Hope you enjoy it.