Lots of things improve with age. ObamaCare is not one of them. When the President's signature law turns three on Saturday, there will be plenty of people ruing the day Congress gave its blessing to the government's colossal overreach. Since 2010, the young law has been littered with broken promises--the gravest of which is still triggering lawsuits in courts across America.
As part of this mammoth 2,700-page mistake, the President who promised to "honor conscience" somehow invented the leeway to violate everyone else's. Using his militant pro-abortion stance as its guide, the administration ordered every American, regardless of their moral beliefs, to provide life-ending drugs as part of their insurance plans--or pay crippling fines. And despite a series of HHS statements to the contrary, there's been absolutely no real attempt to protect those who object. Three years later, the abortion-contraception-sterilization mandate is so rigid that even a Bible publisher isn't exempt! Even now, it stands as one of--if not the--greatest violations of religious liberty in American history.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reiterated their rejection of the "compromise" offered earlier this winter by the administration to faith-based groups and employers. "The identity of the person or group having the religious freedom objection should not matter; what should matter instead," they insist, "is whether the person or group faces government coercion to violate conscience... Religious freedom is for all who face this threat, not just some."
Unfortunately for Americans, the law's greatest cost won't be its $2.5 trillion price tag--but the cost in human life, since the law makes taxpayers unwilling accomplices in the abortion of unborn children. Under rules finalized by HHS, anyone enrolled with an insurance company that covers abortion will be reaching into their own pockets to help pay for it. As long as ObamaCare is celebrating birthdays, plenty of innocent babies won't.
Leading up to the third anniversary, both parties had their own way of marking the occasion. The House GOP Doctors Caucus held a press conference, calling for a full repeal. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) celebrated Wednesday with "Americans who have been positively affected by the reforms"--which was probably a pretty small party. Because unless you're a fan of higher taxes, expensive insurance, subpar care, moral coersion, government regulation, smaller paychecks, fewer jobs, reduced hours, federal debt, and pricey takeout food, there's not a whole lot to love about this law. The best present Congress could give the country is defunding the law--before it turns four.