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Guaranteed tyranny

In the course of reporting its own disastrous poll numbers for President Obama, the New York Times frames the Left’s most recent manufactured “crisis” as follows:

In recent weeks, there has been much debate over the government’s role in guaranteeing insurance coverage for contraception, including for those who work for religious organizations. The poll found that women were split as to whether health insurance plans should cover the costs of birth control and whether employers with religious objections should be able to opt out.

(Emphasis mine.)  Ladies and gentlemen, we have the latest euphemism for compulsive force: the “guarantee.” 

We’re not talking about a massive, unconstitutional government program forcing private citizens to pay for other people’s goodies, contrary to their economic liberty, and in defiance of their religious and moral sensibilities.  Oh, no, perish the thought!  We’re talking about the wise and benevolent super-State “guaranteeing” wonderful things.  Life is so very scary.  Isn’t it good to know that Uncle Barack is working hard to “guarantee” your peace of mind?

The other hot new buzz phrase for tyranny is “access.”  Pushing this term into the Orwellian lexicon of collectivist philosophy appears to be one of Sandra Fluke’s missions in life.  Celebrating her own heroism in a CNN op-ed, Fluke used the word eight times.  Here’s how she describes those who object to being forced to pay for other people’s birth control:

Restricting access to such a basic health care service, which 99% of sexually experienced American women have used and 62% of American women are using right now, is out of touch with public sentiment. In fact, more than 60% of Americans support this regulation and affordable access to contraception, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

So if other people aren’t forced to buy Sandra Fluke a car, they’re “restricting her access” to automobiles.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it up to here with my “restricted access” to all the stuff other people are not compelled to buy for me.

Democrats chose a poor moment for this latest attempt to repackage compulsive force, since the government is far beyond bankrupt, and what remains of the American private sector is already chafing at the weight of the mandates heaped upon it.  Big Government long ago took to hiding its bulk by forcing private businesses to pay for its agenda.  The scars from its mandate lashes are beginning to bleed.

Among the conclusions of a new Willis Health Care Reform Survey are that health care costs are steadily increasing due to ObamaCare’s mandates, and these costs are either being passed along to employees… or resulting in the death of employer-provided insurance plans, very much contrary to Obama’s famous promise that “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” 

This is merely the latest survey to confirm that a tidal wave of employers are preparing to wash their hands of the ObamaCare nightmare by dumping their employees into the public exchanges.  A lot of them simply don’t know what they’re going to do… or, more to the point, what ObamaCare will do to them.  “Many of the survey findings reflect a certain amount of employer confusion and uncertainty,” the Willis report summary explains.  “Governmental projections and statistics are similarly disjointed and add more complexity to the Health Care Reform implementation process.”

Liberals can’t cover those rising costs, declining quality, and utter confusion with perfumed language about “guarantees” and “access.”  America stands on the same troubled ground it has long occupied.  If you believe you’re being “denied access” to something because you’re expected to buy it for yourself, you have conceded both your liberty and dignity to a State whose “guarantees” are already unsustainable.


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