It is NOT just about being forced to pay for contraception and abortion drugs. That's big but that is NOT the core issue. The current debate is the first symptom of a deadly disease to come. When Roman Catholic leaders cozied up to the Obama Administration -- as did insurance companies and doctors and hospital associations -- back then, back in 2009 -- a LOT of people were trying to warn us. There were people shouting from the housetops: "Don't drink the Kool-Aid dear Bishops! Wake up Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic and AARP and AMA. Wake up Evangelical Leaders, all too quick to fight for liberty in just one or two areas of life (abortion and marriage). Wake up America -- a disaster is coming... Now is NOT the time to cut deals and compromise. Once you start down this path, once you give the government full control over health care -- you will lose your liberty and eventually your life."
And for the record -- IF these groups had fought, they would have found the votes they needed in Congress to craft a much better set of reforms.
But the Catholic Bishops were afraid to take a stand against the immoral transfer of authority from the individual and family to the state. They tried to carve out a little ghetto of protection. The Evangelical leaders took a half stand in the Manhattan Declaration and were neutralized. The medical community cowered before the fear of opposing a then popular President. The insurance industry lacked the courage to take on the radical Left and tried to cut a deal. Now they all are finding out that deals made with Washington, whether signed by President or bureaucrat are not worth the paper on which they are written. Which is why the writers of the Constitution were so desperately careful to establish boundaries in law to prevent such atrocities.
So now what? The answer is the same as it has always been. Repent. Admit we blew this one and ask God to help us find our way back to the light. Health Care is a priority. Insurance can work and does work. America has brilliant doctors and willing institutions that care. If we don't come back to first principles in this debate -- our ignorance and greed will kill us. Congress must repeal this legislation and start over. It will take a great deal of humility (not exactly in abundance on the Potomac) for Congress to admit the mistake. Even greater courage will be needed for religious leaders to stop settling for half-measures and face up to their responsibilities to provide principled leadership in civil society. Thus we urge everyone to join us in our continued 40 days of prayer for Congress. May God have mercy on all our souls.
Posted: February 12, 2012, 12:13 PMblog.cfm?ID=905