Thursday, October 3, 2013
The Truth on the Affordable Care Act
I have read many articles and heard many concerns about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. All of these articles have been strongly biased and most have been lacking in facts. I feel obligated to inform the American public of the truth in as unbiased a manner as possible. A common misconception is that Republicans feel that mandatory health care is unconstitutional. This is not the case. They mostly are just worried about the possible economic problems that would arise from all being required to buy health care. Some at this point are probably wondering what all the arguments over constitutionality are about. They arise from one section of Obamacare: Section 2713. This section says that all health insurance policies are required to cover contraception in all of its forms, including the morning after pill and abortion. While the constitution doesn't say a thing about contraception or abortion, the first amendment does state that all have a right to the freedom of religion. Contraception directly contradicts the teachings of the Catholic Church as they have been telling the administration for many years. Catholics believe that sexual intercourse should only be done for the purpose of conceiving children and that the use of contraception is a sin. The bible also teaches in Romans 14:13-23 that if you cause another to sin then you share in the blame for that sin and will be punished the same for it. Also it should be stated that the Catholic Church teaches that to commit any sin makes you farther from God and The Church and is wrong. Therefore, in forcing Catholics to pay for contraception, Obamacare violates the religious beliefs of Catholics and forces them to commit what they believe is a sin. I realize that some Protestants feel the same way and don't mean to disclude them, but I mention Catholics because they have been the most outspoken. That is the major Republican controversy. It has also been incorrectly stated that the Democrats feel that everyone should have to have a plan through Obamacare. This is a less commonly held belief but it still needs clarifying. The Democrats only think that everyone should have to have healthcare; they don't think it must be through one provider.