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A Defeat for Obama, Obamacare, and the All-Intrusive State

2:14 PM, Jul 1, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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“5. Even if any or all such mandates were justifiable, they shouldn’t be issued by the federal government but instead should be issued by state or local governments — a national decree entailing too much consolidation of power and control in Washington.

“6. Even if any or all such mandates were issued by the federal government, they shouldn’t be issued under the specious legal justification that, under Obamacare, such mandates are promoting “preventive medicine” — a term whose plain meaning refers to preventing diseases or ailments, not to preventing conception or the subsequent development of that conceived being.

“7. Even if any or all such mandates were issued by the federal government under this specious legal justification, they shouldn’t apply to religiously affiliated organizations whose moral teachings are contradicted by the use of such drugs.”

The Supreme Court’s welcome ruling in this case — in allowing closely held businesses to conduct themselves according to their owners’ religious convictions — addresses only this seventh level (and doesn’t remotely resolve it in full). As for the other six, there’s only one true remedy: Repeal Obamacare, and replace it with real reform.

Jeffrey H. Anderson is executive director of the 2017 Project, which is working to advance a conservative reform agenda.

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