I got an e-mail from the Democratic Party today:
From Democrats firstname.lastname@example.org
The Supreme Court just decided to take up a case that could determine whether or not for-profit companies can deny their employees’ access to birth control. Republicans opposed to the Affordable Care Act are taking an extreme position and arguing that women’s bosses should have a say in their personal health decisions — which could undermine a core tenet of Obamacare and compromise women’s health.
That means it couldn’t be a more important time to speak out in favor of a woman’s right to make her own choices about her health. Let’s all stand together to show this is a decision that belongs to a woman, not her employer:
Now, what is it that has the Democrats so indignant? From The Wall Street Journal:
High Court to Review Health Law’s Contraception Mandate
Two For-Profit Companies Cite Religious Grounds in Saying They Shouldn’t Be Bound by the Rule
By Jess Bavin | Nov. 26, 2013 11:57 a.m. ET
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court said it would decide whether businesses, like people, have a right to religious expression, in cases challenging the federal health law’s mandate that employers provide contraceptive coverage to female employees.
The high court upheld most of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act in a June 2012 decision. But lower courts have split since then on whether contraceptive coverage must be included in minimum benefits packages.
The Obama administration has exempted religiously affiliated nonprofit employers, such as Catholic hospitals, from financing such coverage. At the same time, it held that for-profit companies remain bound by the requirement, regardless of the beliefs espoused by their owners.
The justices consolidated on Tuesday two appellate rulings that reached opposite conclusions into a single argument. The cases are expected to be heard in the spring of 2014, with a decision announced by June.
More at the link.
The cases at hand1 concern whether corporations must provide health insurance which covers contraception, if the owners are morally opposed to it; the Democrats are claiming that if the decision goes in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, then employers “can deny their employees’ access to birth control.” (Emphasis mine.) “Access” means:
- a way of getting near, at, or to something or someone;
- a way of being able to use or get something;
- permission or the right to enter, get near, or make use of something or to have contact with someone.
The Democrats would have people believe that, if the companies have their way, women would not be allowed to obtain contraceptives. The truth is that, if the companies win, their employees would have to purchase contraceptives on their own, but there would be no restrictions on them doing so. As we noted here, contraceptives are very inexpensive in this country,2 but that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that health insurance provide contraceptives with no co-payments would actually increase the costs of contraceptives.
Of course, that wasn’t the Democrats only lie in the e-mail. They also said, “Republicans opposed to the Affordable Care Act are taking an extreme position and arguing that women’s bosses should have a say in their personal health decisions.” Again, that is completely false. The position of the companies is that the companies should not be required to provide contraceptive coverage if the owners are morally opposed to it, but in no way does that give the employers “a say in their personal health decisions.” It simply means that the employers would not be involved at all in those decisions.
Patterico noted that a majority of Americans now believe that President Obama is not honest or trustworthy. When the Democrats send out such blatant and obvious lies, it’s no surprise that only 47% of Americans believe that the President is honest, doubtlessly the same 47% whom Mitt Romney said were dependent on government and see themselves as victims.
Well, I can sort of understand the Democrats’ ploy. In a pattern consistent with previous elections, the Democrats did best in 2012 with people who never finished high school: 63% of dropouts voted for Barack Hussein Obama, while only 35% voted for Mitt Romney. When your base is the least educated and least intelligent people in this country, why should you expect them to be able to spot such obvious lies?