Ignoring HHS Mandate, Obama Claims Obamacare Doesn’t Require Change in Health Insurance

October 4, 2012 - 3:24 PM


Barack Obama

President Barack Obama at the presidential debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama said during the first presidential debate against his Republican opponent Mitt Romney that Obamacare allows everyone to maintain the health insurance policy they currently may hold, even though the law’s regulations on contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs may compel some people to change their health insurance plans or drop them entirely.

During Wednesday’s debate in Denver, Obama said, “Let me tell you exactly what Obamacare did. Number one, if you’ve got health insurance, it doesn’t mean a government takeover. You keep your own insurance. You keep your own doctor.”

“But it does say insurance companies can’t jerk you around,” said Obama. “They can’t impose arbitrary lifetime limits. They have to let you keep your kid on your insurance plan until you’re 26 years old. And it also says that you’re going to have to get rebates if insurance companies are spending more on administrative costs and profits than they are on actual care.”

However, a product of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, is the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that requires nearly all private health insurance plans to offer contraceptives, sterilizations, and FDA-approved contraceptives that can induce an abortion free of charge.

Thus, every employee who was previously paying into a health care plan that did not cover these products and services before will have to subsidize them, and employers will be required by law to provide these features to the insurance, even if they violate the religious faith of the employer or worker involved.  Every individual worker is affected, not just companies.

The mandate, which became effective in August, is contrary to the moral teaching of the  Catholic Church and other religions. At least 28 colleges, charities and businesses have filed lawsuits to overturn the mandate, claiming it violates the First Amendment guarantee of free practice of religion.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has said the HHS rule is an “unjust and illegal mandate,” and that “an unjust law cannot be obeyed.”

During the debate, Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, repeated his call for repealing Obamacare, which was passed in 2010 by a party line vote and upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court earlier this year by a 5-4 vote.