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Contraception mandate not a social issue, but a freedom issue

I don’t know that I’ll have time to say as much about this issue as I’d like.  Am traveling now for a family celebration.

A lot of conservative and libertarian pundits and bloggers have offered a lot of thoughtful commentary on the topic, starting (well, from my vantage point) with Peggy Noonan last week.  Powerline, Hugh Hewitt, the Anchoress, Cato @ Liberty and the Corner have been good sources.  (This, for example, is a particularly good post.  As is this*.)

I don’t know that I can add much to what they’ve been saying, but am troubled that our friends in the legacy media are calling this a social issue.  It’s not. It’s a freedom issue.

The basic question is should a private organization be able to determine the type of benefits it offers its employees.  A liberal administration is now trying to force religious organizations to pay for benefits supported by advocacy groups aligned with the Democrats.  By the same logic, a conservative administration could try to force private groups (say, universities) to offer (or not offer) benefits supported by advocacy groups aligned with Democrats.

It’s one more example of the government limiting our choices — which gets at the real problem of Obamacare, the federal government determining what a health insurance plan should include.  The more it mandates, the fewer options individuals have to choose from.

The fewer different kind of plans there are, the more uniform the price.

*ADDENDUM:  In said link over at Cato @ Liberty, Roger Pilon gets it: (more…)

Some consider this guy the conservative in the race?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:18 am - February 12, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

From the Corner, we learn not just that Rick Santorum endorsed Arlen Specter’s presidential bid, but that he also “voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals”.   When he sat on the Republican side of the aisle (before flipping to the Democratic in a vain attempt to save his political skin, Specter was one of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate).

And then on Facebook, my nephew linked this:

Touting bringing him the pork and voting to raise the minimum wage.  Why can’t we get a serious Republican contender for the White House who understands how such increases have “eliminated jobs – hundreds of thousands of them – for young persons on the low rungs of employment“?

UPDATE:  Via Walter Olson on Facebook–Rick is no Reagan Republican, having said, “I am not a libertarian, and I fight very strongly against libertarian influence within the Republican Party and the conservative movement.” Read the whole thing.

As a reminder, here’s the Gipper on libertarianism: “If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”  Seems like Rick is fighting against the heart and soul of conservatism as Reagan saw it.