It was clear the White House didn't get it. Press Secretary James Carney recently dismissed concerns about the unconstitutional nature of the HHS policy. Carney was asked directly: "What about the constitutional right to freedom of religion?" His reply: "I don't believe there are any constitutional rights issues here . . . "
The criticism deepened and the president sought to right a sinking ship by issuing what he called an "accommodation." This deceptive compromise requires insurance companies to provide employees of the religious organizations that object with contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge. That's nothing more than a ruse, a shell game, an accounting trick. To cover costs, insurance companies would boost premiums, forcing religious groups - and the religious employees - to pay more for services that they find morally offensive. The compromise changes nothing - it still places the federal government at the helm of the religious views of faith-based institutions.
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