Compassion for the downtrodden, loving the sinner but hating the sin, and affirming our brothers and sisters from creation to death. These ideals have always been woven into the fabric of Christianity’s salvific message to man the world over. But recent events in the good old U.S.A. make it clear that this ethic of reaching out in love to help someone less fortunate is creaking and cracking under the pressure of government-subsidized disdain for purity and goodness.
It is astounding to learn, for example, this bit of news from Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins:
According to the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who led the Planned Parenthood cheering section as Kansas’s governor, is taking her allegiance to new heights with the Obamacare law. In an April letter to insurers, Sebelius issued a regulation ordering companies to cover Planned Parenthood clinics in their state exchange packages. Planned Parenthood, which she deems as an “essential community provider,” is part of the long list of local organizations that insurers are required to partner with. (Others, Bedard says, include lesbian and gay centers, family planning clinics, and “holistic” centers.)
Further, Sebelius collaborated with the White House in preparation for June’s “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month” by announcing special benefits in Obamacare that will make it easier for the LGBT group to receive healthcare. LifeSiteNews reports:
[The following are] among the Obamacare provisions Sebelius said were of special value to practicing homosexuals:
Insurers can no longer impose lifetime dollar limits on health insurance coverage, and annual limits will be phased out in 2014. This is particularly important for people with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic diseases requiring comprehensive, long-term care.
Starting in 2014, insurers cannot deny coverage or charge higher rates based on a pre-existing condition or because an individual is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
Insurers generally must cover such vital preventive services as HIV screening, vaccinations, depression screening, contraception, intimate-partner violence screening, and annual well-woman visits, at no out-of-pocket charge.
Healthcare.gov includes a health plan finder tool that allows consumers shopping for health insurance to filter for plans offering coverage for domestic and same-sex partners.
Such government policies subsidized by the taxpayer reflect a major shift away from common sense in deference to fundamentally disordered forms of sexual behavior—from promiscuity to same-sex relations and everything in between.
Oh sure, some companies providing the required Obamacare exchange package will balk, but chances are that they will knuckle under for fear of failing or facing financial ruin if they challenge the government.
And finally, we are saddened to report that the Obama administration has recently done a complete about-face on the question of providing, without a prescription, the morning-after pill to young girls. The Obama Justice Department is “seeking prompt Food and Drug Administration approval of all-age sales—an announcement that pleased girls’ and women’s rights advocates who said it was long overdue.”
Imagine it: “Girls’ and women’s rights advocates” are pleased over the administration’s decision to step aside and permit the provision of a drug to children that can abort the preborn and may cause deleterious side effects to females, no matter what their age. Obviously the Planned Parenthood sex-at-any-time-for-any-reason mantra has totally saturated federal health policy as well as political hacks claiming to care about women.
Sebelius’ actions are part of the growing force with which she and her co-workers have been empowered to pollute, debilitate, and otherwise reduce to rubble common sense in public healthcare policy.
There is no debate about it. Americans are funding a frontal attack on morality, freedom of religion, and the fundamental recognition of parental authority.
The Obama administration, including Sebelius—a totally pro-death Catholic—has embraced every teaching Planned Parenthood and its allies have chosen to disseminate. While Americans for the most part continue to validate the gospel of tolerance by their apathetic response to such malevolent government actions, the damage such policies are doing to the fiber of a once morally-strong society is unmistakable.
America, once defined as “America the Beautiful,” is fast becoming America the Ugly.