Presidential Advisor Jarrett Touts Contraception Mandate at Anti-Bullying Summit
(CNSNews.com) – Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, took a moment to praise Obamacare and its preventive services for women, including the controversial contraception mandate, at an anti-bullying summit in Washington on Tuesday.
Ironically, some conservatives – including Gary Bauer -- have accused the Obama administration of bullying the Catholic Church by forcing Catholic schools and hospitals to offer health insurance that covers services that violate the church’s moral code.
On Tuesday, during a panel discussion on a “kinder and braver world for our youth,” the moderator – Robert Ross of the California Endowment (a private, statewide health foundation) – complimented President Obama on his health care law.
“I wasn’t put up to this,” Ross said, as he asserted that having health insurance helps people deal with mental health issues.
“Yes it does,” Jarrett responded. “Can we talk about that for a minute? Let’s talk about the Affordable Care Act.”
“[T]hat’s just a softball down the plate for you, Valerie, to talk about the Affordable Care Act,” Ross said.
“Well, let’s talk about the Affordable Care Act for just a minute if we could,” Jarrett said, going on to list of the “important” components of Obamacare, including insurance companies being required to provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and the end of caps on annual or lifetime medical coverage for individuals with chronic conditions.
“In the way of preventive services, for example, just Aug. 1st, I think many people have heard, preventive services for women are now in place,” Jarrett said. “It can be contraception but it can also be, for example, domestic violence counseling so that people get the kind of ongoing help that they need so that they can break the cycle of violence and find a better path.”
Jarrett said in “a country as rich” as the United States, everyone should have health insurance.
“For those of you who don’t have health insurance we’re going to make sure everyone has it and that it’s affordable and that you have the kind of preventive services, including mental health services, that you so desperately need,” Jarrett said. “And a country as rich and as great as this, you shouldn’t be going without important, important health care.”
But critics say the government shouldn’t be making decisions about health care, period.
The contraception mandate imposed by the Health and Human Services Administration is particularly odious to religious freedom advocates because – by requiring virtually all health plans to offer free contraception, sterilization, and abortion-producing drugs -- it forces Catholics in particular to act against their faith.
In a recent op-ed in the Washington Times, the conservative Gary Bauer wrote that President Obama “has spent much of his first term trying to conscript, bully and otherwise force churches to advance his agenda.”