Skip to comments.Did WH Push Contraception Mandate Implementation To Create Election Year Wedge Issue?
Posted on 02/16/2012 10:44:42 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Allow me to preface this deeply conspiratorial post by saying that, across the board, I do not believe in conspiracy theories. There are no conspiracy theories, only conspiracy facts. By definition, any plot to affect some outcome executed by a cabal of plotters must come to light by one of two ways either the plot is successful and the theory become fact, or the plot fails and the theory becomes fact. Either way, there are no conspiracy theories. With all that having been said, allow me to irresponsibly advance one:
Actually, Im merely adding onto a dog pile started by William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection; his piece asks an uncomfortable question about a January 7 Republican debate hosted by ABC News in which George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney repeatedly (which was curious to all viewers at the time) about states hypothetical right to ban contraception methods.
(VIDEO AT LINK)
There was no active controversy over contraception, it wasnt in the news, and there were far more pressing political issues, yet what seemed like an eternity of debate time was devoted to the subject at the insistence of Stephanopoulos, writes Jacobsen.
Well what do you know, about a month later the Obama administration proposes administrative rules under Obamacare which would require free contraception be provided even by religious institutions which oppose contraception on religious grounds, Jacobsen concludes. Its almost as if Stephanopoulos got the memo first. Unless, of course, you believe in coincidences.
I, for one, absolutely do. However, as all conspiracy theorists worth their salt are wont to do, I must ask just who this move by the White House to force the implementation of this particular provision of the health care reform bill now in the midst of a heated Republican primary ahead of a difficult reelection bid. And the beneficiary is, undoubtedly, the White House.
Immediately after Rick Santorums victories in the February 7 caucuses (and Missouris nonbinding primary), I wrote that there was something fishy about the timing of this burst of social issues that galvanized social conservatives behind Santorum at a critical time in the primary.
A December poll of Iowas voters, a deeply socially conservative state, showed that 9 percent of likely caucus-goers viewed social issues as a top issue for 2012. This lack of traction among social conservatives contributed to Texas Gov. Rick Perrys failure to win support among Iowas values voters (recall the anti-gay marriage, war on religion spots that inspired more derision than support). The persistent recession and chronic joblessness across America simply outweighed social concerns that is, until this past week.
Social conservatives may have good reason to feel overwhelmed by this deluge of bad news. They have good reason to get up and vote, and there is one champion for those issues in this race. Santorums socially conservative views were an albatross not two weeks ago; social conservatives disheartened and focused on other priorities while moderates were driven away by his policy positions on cultural matters. Today, virtually overnight, the calculation has been turned on its head and they may be an asset.
Polling has proven that Republicans have the upper hand with Americas critical true independent voters on economic issues but lose that advantage with independents on social wedge issues like gay marriage and abortion.
Why wouldnt the White House and Obamas Chicago team want to advance these wedge issues?
Of course, thats just a conspiracy theory. And I dont believe in those. The White House must just be very, very lucky.
In a word . . . Yes.
Why one issue?? Get rid of ALL of Obamacare. We’ve been played!!
There was no coincidence. George Stephanopoulos, James Carville, Rham Emanuel, and Paul Begala have had a morning conference call every day for 20 years. If anyone thinks those four aren’t plugged into the WH agenda, they’re delusional.
Power, politics, gossip on daily call
OF course, the incredibly stupid and ineffective response of the GOP is entirely off base.
The response should be to immediately demand free toothbrushes and toothpaste. One upmanship. The GOP should immediately demand government pay for free winter coats for anyone living above some arbitrary latitude or who lives in a town with so many days of so many degrees (cold) temperature. And they should call out the Dems for discriminating against men and mens’ health issues.
It’s called political warfare.
Forcing your enemies to accept or even FUND what they oppose.
NPR, PBS, ACORN, Planned Parenthood, Pornographic “art”.. etc etc
None of this is constitutional, yet who is going to stop them??
We have been at war for decades and we haven’t even started fighting back properly.
One goal, I think, is to help his pals at Planned Parenthood.
Even if Catholic institutions aren't forced to cover contraception, the mandated insurance payments via other employers' insurance will certainly outstrip the current "sliding scale" payments that PP gets from clients.
Q: How many extra millions will PP make?