Obama’s not-so-mandatory and not-so-universal “healthcare”

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President Obama insists that all Americans receive mandatory/universal healthcare coverage. This mandatory/universal edict even extends to women who want abortifacients—that is, birth-control drugs that cause an abortion. Obama is so dedicated to this proposition that he has mandated that all health insurers, including those at each and every Catholic institution, provide abortifacients.

In so doing, there’s a small contradiction in Obama’s mandatory/universal coverage: it’s the tiny fertilized egg in the process of developing into a full-blown human being. Everyone listening to me right now was once a tiny fertilized egg. All of us are alive today because our existence wasn’t terminated by a taxpayer-subsidized abortifacient drug at the heart of “Obama-care.”

Thus, there’s actually an entire class of beings exempted from Obama’s mandatory/universal coverage.

Yes, yes, I can hear the secular objection now: Come on, Kengor, fertilized eggs aren’t human beings. There’s a fatal flaw in your argument.

Well, I disagree. But let’s leave that aside for a moment, and consider this:

Would you agree that babies who leave their mothers’ wombs are humans? Of course, you would.

Well, guess what? Barack Obama also exempted them from mandatory/universal coverage. He did so when he was a state senator in Illinois, when he repeatedly blocked legislation requiring mandatory healthcare for babies that somehow managed to survive failed abortion procedures. Those babies were permitted to be left alone in a hospital room to slowly die. Here again, there was an entire class of human beings that Barack Obama exempted from his mandatory/universal coverage.

Hey, at least he’s consistent—well, sort of.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is radical progressivism, moral relativism. A modern progressive like Barack Obama takes it upon himself to decide which human beings are human beings deserving of protection, deserving of mandatory/universal healthcare.

At its essence, if you dissect Barack Obama’s thinking, his definition of life is completely dependent upon whether the mother wants the life within her, whether a fertilized egg or a fully delivered but undesired baby.

That’s Barack Obama’s worldview, elevated to the presidency in November 2008 thanks to a decisive majority of self-professing Roman Catholics.

Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • markeyjoe

    mccdonald’s, many unions, the amish and some christian organions are exempt also,

  • esquiremomof4

    I am looking at a health insurance plan right now.  I would need to pay extra for prenatal and maternity care were I to get the plan (which is not relevant to me as I am post menopausal).  However, I had not seen this additional premium in prior plans.  I would guess that consistent with your analysis above, that both contraception and sterilization are covered under the regular premium (again, I had not looked at this because it is not a relevant coverage to my situation).  I am now curious to see if that is the case.  I do not want my premiums paying for such things.  I wonder if the new health care law has encouraged this even in current private plans  Does anyone know of current health care plans that do not cover contraception and sterilizations?

  • esquiremomof4

    I also heard Muslims were exempt as they deem “insurance” as a form of gambling, so they will not be required to purchase insurance.  Has anyone else heard of this exemption?

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