After this week's arguments over the constitutionality of ObamaCare, many more Americans understand why forcing Americans to buy health insurance seems to be a significant violation of Congress' enumerated powers. What's been less noted, as Mary Harned points out in the Washington Times, is that millions of Americans will end up subsidizing abortion
, even if it violates their religious convictions.
Giving employees -- Americans -- no realistic alternative to paying an abortion premium is a violation of their First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion. And it only highlights what a freedom-killer ObamaCare really is. That's the problem with the erosion of freedom . . . at first, it may seem relatively innocuous; ultimately, citizens realize they are nothing more than the subjects of a bossy, intrusive federal government and self-government has become little more than an abstraction.
And a word of warning for liberals: If the reasoning they champion for upholding the mandate to buy health insurance stands, they'd really better pray that Roe v. Wade is never overturned. Otherwise, pro-lifers will use their own arguments against them to insist, for example, that federal legislation outlawing abortion is perfectly permissible as a way of ensuring that there is a sufficiently large population to fund Social Security in the future.
See how the erosion of freedom works? Live by the sword of big federal government, die by the same sword.