Letters to the Editor

July 12, 2014

Hypocrisy on health care

Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest stated "President Obama believes that women should make personal health care decisions for themselves rather than their bosses deciding for them."

Is this the same President Obama whose signature legislation orders every American citizen to purchase government-approved health care coverage or face a fine? Was he letting people make health care decisions for themselves when the Affordable Care Act regulations caused millions to lose existing plans, sometimes forcing them to purchase more expensive plans and/or to lose preferred hospitals and doctors?

Among other things, Obamacare forces people -- even women beyond childbearing years -- to purchase plans that include maternity coverage. In my friend's case, this mandate caused her to lose her individual plan, resulting in a premium increase of nearly $500 a month.

So, if an employer declines subsidizing an employee's choice to use abortifacients that she is free to purchase on her own, the boss is deciding her personal health care decisions? But it is perfectly fine for the federal government to not only force every American to purchase health insurance but also dictate the particulars of that coverage, including what reproductive services a woman must purchase? It is perfectly fine for Obama to force women to spend money they may ill afford for coverage they did not choose and services they may not need?

That sounds perfectly rational -- in Wonderland.

Aimee DiGiovanni


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