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Dem Congresswoman on Obamacare Mandate: "Basically, We’re Not Looking to the Constitution"

3:39 PM, Feb 27, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Via Ed Morrissey, here's a must-watch video of Democratic congresswoman Kathy Hochul getting tripped up at a townhall meeting by a constituent's questions about Obamacare's contraception/abortifacient mandate:

"Under what portion of the Constitution is the government allowed to require a private or religious organization to pay for anything for free?" a constituent asks Hochul.

“Well, basically, we’re not looking to the Constitution on that aspect of it,” Hochul replied. The crowd jeered. "What I'm trying to say is basically the decision has been made by this congress that American citizens are entitled to health care," Hochul continued. The constituent and Hochul went back and forth over whether the new HHS mandate tramples on the First Amendment and religious freedom.

And then the constituent seemed to stump Hochul by asking another very simple and very incisive question: "So why don’t we provide free access to Band-Aids and cancer screenings? Why is it contraception? Aren’t those more important to health care than contraception?"

"Well, clearly more work needs to be done," Hochul replied, suggesting that more and more services must be offered for free.

Obamacare has alredy has mandated "free" coverage of some cancer screenings, but the constituent raises an excellent question. Once we've accepted the principle that birth control and abortion pills must be "free," why not mandate that antibiotics and surgery be covered for "free"? Where does it stop? As one popular anti-Obamacare sign from the 2009 and 2010 Tea Party rallies warned, "If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's free."

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