Some of our friends on the left seem bound and determined to turn the hullabaloo over the contraception mandate into a Republican War On Women. But, there are quite a few pundits on the right (would it that there were more such politicians) who understand what’s really at stake.
The problem with the contraceptive mandate, writes the Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner
is not the contraceptive part — it’s the mandate. The new health-care law requires every employer with 50 or more employees to provide their workers with health insurance. It also requires every American who doesn’t receive health insurance through work or a government program to buy insurance themselves or face a fine.
But simply providing or buying insurance is not enough to fulfill the mandate. The insurance must satisfy the government’s definition of what qualifies as proper insurance, including a long list of benefits that the government thinks you should have.
Read the whole thing. The focus of this debate should be the simple question: do we want the federal government to make our health care decisions for us — and to determine what kinds of health care plans we must own.
What if someone just wanted a plan to cover emergencies? Well, under Obamacare, that’s just not possible.
Perhaps, if one of the Republican candidates laid the out in terms so clear, without getting distracted by a discussion on the merits (or demerits) of contraception, he would not only command the assent of his party, but turn the debate into a clear winner for conservatives. And not just on this particular mandate.