By Jeffrey Tyburski (Religious Freedom) -
Affordable Care Act, government expands further into healthcare. Its one size
fits all policy disregards individual conscience.If
government provides your health insurance, then it gets to decide what exactly
it should cover. It also decides how to pay for it. Essentially, government is
forcing people to buy health insurance and dictating what the details are.
ObamaCare, there is an ‘employer mandate’. What this ‘employer mandate’ means
is that employers must provide health insurance for their employees or face a
fine collected by the IRS. The Affordable Care Act specifies goods and services
to be included in the employer mandate insurance.
One of these
specified goods is abortifacients. Abortifacients prevent the planting of a
recently conceived embryo into the embryonic wall. For one who believes life
begins at conception, this is murder.
employers find the employer mandate offensive to their religious-moral beliefs.Amongst
these employers is the Green family, owners of ‘Hobby Lobby’, a Denver based
chain of arts and crafts stores. The Green family is devoutly Christian. Hobby
Lobby has not complied with ObamaCare mandate and is taking its case to the
Supreme Court. By fighting the law, Hobby
Lobby risks facing up to $1.3 million in fines
This law is
egregious. It forces employers, such as the Green family, to purchase something
which is against their religious-moral beliefs. It does not even give them the
option to provide employee insurance without contraceptive drugs. Nor does it
consider that employees could use their wages to buy contraceptive drugs.
wouldn’t fit the paternalist vision of ObamaCare. God forbid if people took
responsibility for themselves, or if employers and employees worked out their
own agreements.It is
necessary that the government make people pay for some things which they may
object too. For example: An army and a police force are necessary functions of
government. One cannot be made exempt from a portion of the income tax simply
because they object to police protection.
question then becomes “What is government necessary for?”.
considers universal access to abortifacients to be a necessity, and government
coercion the only way to provide it, then the Green family should be forced to
provide this service to their employees. But if one thinks government should
micromanage us all the way down to details such as abortifacients, then what
does one think the government should not manage?The more the
government manages our lives, the more likely it is to trample individual
conscience. When government plans things on a massive scale, it is unable to
account for individual preferences. It is nearly impossible to know what
diverse and numerous individuals desire. If the 100 smartest people in the
world gathered together in Washington D.C., they could not know what you
specifically desire. Simply put: no one knows what you want better than you do.
Obama does not know what you want better than you do, nor does any member of
congress, nor any bureaucrat planner.
And for that
matter, neither does your boss. Why should one be paid with health insurance? It’s
a different question, but it illuminates why health care is such a politicized
issue. Is it because health care is a necessity? So are food and shelter. Should
one be paid in the form of meals or mortgages? This unusual position of
healthcare is the result of government intervention. Health insurance, as a
form of pay, receives special tax incentives. Like the Affordable Care Act, this
older policy has unintended consequences, such as higher health care costs
on health care is often framed in skewed terms. One could say “The Greens do
not want to pay their employees in the form of coverage for abortifacients.”
However, I often see the same idea presented as “The Greens threaten the
reproductive rights of their female employees”. There is a perverse logic.
Someone else not paying for your healthcare is equated with ‘taking’ your
healthcare. Obviously the Greens are not trying to take anything from their
employees. No one forces their employees to work for them; this is not serfdom.
has created a one-size-fits-all plan. This is bound to run over individual conscience.
It has created an insane debate which portrays the religious sentiments of
business owners as exclusive to the reproductive rights of employees. That is
absurd. This conflict exists because ObamaCare has presented the Greens with a
binary choice: yield on their faith or destroy their livelihood. Without
ObamaCare, the Greens could continue to work and live as they see fit, while
their employees could still use their wages to purchase healthcare as they
counter that business owners such as the Greens are required by The Affordable
Care Act to provide health insurance for their employees at no cost to those
employees. Such expectations are fantasy. The cost for the health insurance
must come from somewhere; it cannot be created from thin air simply because the
government mandates it. It must come from lower wages for workers or higher
prices for consumer goods.
I guess in
this country two people are incapable of working out an employer-employee
contract. We need the government, which obviously knows best, to dictate
workplace arrangements for us.