All I can say is boy I love, love, love the idea of politicians telling me what it's okay to believe. I mean wow! If only the founding fathers hadn't worked so hard at breaking us away from that pesky king.
I saw a link for a great article about this on Facebook (h/t Denise) and I had to share it with others. Mark Steyn's comparison to The Church of England is great. (highlights are mine)
[...]The church model the young American state wished to separate from was that of the British monarch, who remains to this day supreme governor of the Church of England. This convenient arrangement dates from the 1534 Act of Supremacy. The title of the law gives you the general upshot, but, just in case you’re a bit slow on the uptake, the text proclaims “the King’s Majesty justly and rightfully is and ought to be the supreme head of the Church of England.” That’s to say, the sovereign is “the only supreme head on earth of the Church” and he shall enjoy “all honors, dignities, pre-eminences, jurisdictions, privileges, authorities, immunities, profits, and commodities to the said dignity,” not to mention His Majesty “shall have full power and authority from time to time to visit, repress, redress, record, order, correct, restrain, and amend all such errors, heresies, abuses, offenses, contempts, and enormities, whatsoever they be.”
Welcome to Obamacare.
The president of the United States has decided to go Henry VIII on the Church’s medieval ass. Whatever religious institutions might profess to believe in the matter of “women’s health,” their pre-eminences, jurisdictions, privileges, authorities, and immunities are now subordinate to a one-and-only supreme head on earth determined to repress, redress, restrain, and amend their heresies. One wouldn’t wish to overextend the analogy: For one thing, the Catholic Church in America has been pathetically accommodating of Beltway bigwigs’ ravenous appetite for marital annulments in a way that Pope Clement VII was disinclined to be vis-à-vis the English king and Catherine of Aragon. But where’d all the pandering get them? In essence President Obama has embarked on the same usurpation of church authority as Henry VIII: As his Friday morning faux-compromise confirms, the continued existence of a “faith-based institution” depends on submission to the doctrinal supremacy of the state.
[...] None of this should come as a surprise. As Philip Klein pointed out in the American Spectator two years ago, the Obamacare bill contained 700 references to the secretary “shall,” another 200 to the secretary “may,” and 139 to the secretary “determines.” So the secretary may and shall determine pretty much anything she wants, as the Obamaphile rubes among the Catholic hierarchy are belatedly discovering. His Majesty King Barack “shall have full power and authority to visit, repress, redress, record, order, correct, restrain, and amend all such errors, heresies, abuses, offenses, contempts, and enormities whatsoever they be.”
I'm pretty sure President Obama was counting on the Healthcare Bill to be so long, no one would find the true purpose of the bill until it was too late. Even the President's Chief of Staff Jack Lew said:
[...] Newly appointed White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew appeared on five news programs Sunday and made stunning statements during at least three of his appearances.In addition to making misleading remarks on NBC and CNN in regards to the law regarding filibustering a budget vote, despite once being the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Lew also claimed that the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare) gives the President the authority to tell a private company that they have to offer a product and offer it for free.
An article regarding comments from Lew at The Blaze states:
The stunning claim came during Lew’s appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. The White House Chief of Staff appeared to discuss the release of President Obama’s budget, but first fielded questions from Wallace regarding the President’s decision to revise part of his controversial decision on a birth control mandate. Fox News reports on the unbelievable admission:
“’The president has the authority under the Affordable Care Act to have these kinds of rules take effect,’ Lew said in response to the question of how the president can force a private company to provide a product free of charge.
In addition, Lew argued, that providing contraception will not cost insurance companies anything,
‘If you were looking at the actuarial projection, the cost of the plan, it costs more to provide a plan without than it does with.’
Huh? He's not even making sense. I got the impression reading the various articles on this that Mr. Lew believes that The Affordable Care Act gives the President the authority to do anything he wants. And the wording in the bill seems to give HHS Secretary Sebelius the ability to do anything she chooses to do by regulation.
Any way I look at it, the Government wants more power to tell us what to do. Just remember folks, what the Government gives, it can take away. They're trying to take us to some Marxist utopia that can never exist. It especially can't exist with the American people. Eventually our urge to make our mark and strive for better comes through. We have something no other country has. Not a centuries old background as serfs who can never be more than serfs. We started our country as free people with individual God given rights. That's in our blood and eventually, even the entitlement spoiled crybabies will demand to be free.