The health care legislation called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare should be of concern to all of us. On the surface, there are many reasons to oppose this legislation but I fear we don’t know half the story since it doesn’t go into effect until 2014 and many of the regulations implementing its provisions are yet to be promulgated. From the little that has already been done we can see the looming disaster that awaits our present health care system and economy. In addition to that are serious moral and ethical problems sure to arise.
Obamacare is an unprecedented attack on personal freedom under the guise of providing universal health care for all Americans. Obamacare gives the government vast powers to establish regulations which open the door to attacks on religious liberty, freedom of conscience and privacy. We can already see this in terms of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DH&HS) recent regulations requiring insurance coverage of contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization in virtually all private health insurance plans. These regulations strike at the fundamental rights of people of faith, especially Catholics, to religious liberty in practicing their faith without government interference. A conscience clause provided with these regulations is meaningless since a religious entity cannot take advantage of conscience protection if it serves or employs people of other faiths.
Certainly the Obama Administration cannot be trusted by anyone concerned about traditional moral values relating to the inherent dignity of humans and respect for life. President Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of DH&HS, both worship at the altar of abortion. This utilitarian world view portends great danger in many other areas. Let us not forget it wasn’t many years ago that killing a baby in the womb was abhorrent. We now live with the practice of over 1,000,000 abortions per year in our country. We also have a president who is even on record as opposing efforts to save infants who survive abortion. Clearly, the Obama administration must be removed and Obamacare repealed. We need to wake up to the reality of the bankruptcy of the moral and spiritual standards in our society and the threats to our religious liberty.
Sidney D. Heidersdorf