The Pinocchio Test
The administration is defending this pledge with a rather slim reed — that there is nothing in the law that makes insurance companies force people out of plans they were enrolled in before the law passed. That explanation conveniently ignores the regulations written by the administration to implement the law. Moreover, it also ignores the fact that the purpose of the law was to bolster coverage and mandate a robust set of benefits, whether someone wanted to pay for it or not.
The president’s statements were sweeping and unequivocal — and made both before and after the bill became law. The White House now cites technicalities to avoid admitting that he went too far in his repeated pledge, which, after all, is one of the most famous statements of his presidency.
The president’s promise apparently came with a very large caveat: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan — if we deem it to be adequate.”
I bring this up not out of partisan concern but because of the religious liberty issues raised by the Affordability Care Act and the administration’s own policies that seek to enforce as a matter of federal law a sexual (im-)morality that is contrary to both natural law and the Gospel. Worse still, however, is the (mis-)use of the authority of government to require that citizens become active collaborators in supporting policies that violate their consciences. Continue reading