Terry Jeffrey
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A week after he signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama went on a road trip to Portland, Maine, to boast and prevaricate about what he had just done.

"So now that this bill is finally law and all the folks who have been playing politics will finally have to confront the reality of what this reform is, they're also going to have to confront the reality of what it isn't," said Obama, introducing a lie that has gotten belated, but much-deserved, attention in recent days.

"They'll have to finally acknowledge that this isn't a government takeover of our health care system," he said. "They'll see that if Americans like their doctor, they will keep their doctor. And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn't happened yet. It won't happen in the future."

Anyone who actually read the law -- or even just a small part of it -- would have known this was untrue.

On just the 13th of its 906 pages, PPACA empowered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with a particularly insidious means of forcing Americans out of their current health care plans.

Here, the law says: "A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall, at a minimum, provide coverage for and shall not impose any cost sharing requirements for ... with respect to women, such additional preventive care and screenings ... as provided for in comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration for purposes of this paragraph."

Under the authority of this passage, Sebelius issued the mandate that requires virtually all health insurance plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and IUDs.

Many Americans who had plans that did not cover these things wanted to keep them -- because they morally objected to paying for abortion-inducing drugs and devices.

Among these was the Green family. They own the Hobby Lobby stores. Like many others, they sued the administration arguing that this regulation is not only forcing them out of a health care plan they like, but is forcing them to act against the teachings of their Christian faith.

President Obama's solicitor general asked the U.S. Supreme Court in September to take up the Green family's case and to tell this family they cannot keep their plan even though they like it.

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Terry Jeffrey

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