Rasmussen Reports polled Americans this week and finds they are not in favor of the Obama administration’s decision to require private health insurance companies to cover contraception:
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 39% believe health insurance companies should be required to cover all government approved contraceptives for women, but 46% don’t think they should be. Another 15% are undecided.”
Rasmussen did not even mention in the polling that one of the “contraceptives” covered under these new rules is actually the abortifacient pill Ella — that would surely sway even more people to oppose the new rules. As it stands, 15% remain undecided (which means we need to figure out how to reach those 15%).
Also, the poll finds that “A majority of Americans (54%) believe health insurance costs would increase if all companies covered women’s contraceptives.” People are smart — what is “free” for one person ends up being paid for by another. Namely, you and me.
These findings cement my opinion that this debate is not over. I believe Kathleen Sebelius and Obama have really bitten off more than they can chew on this one. So I’m calling on Catholics to get very energized and outspoken about opposing the new rules.
If you are a member of CatholicVote and receive the email updates (if you don’t — you need to!) you know that CatholicVote is becoming fully engaged on this issue, not only because it threatens Catholic hospitals, institutions, and religious liberty, but also because it directly threatens the unborn and represents yet another government takeover of the private sector (violating subsidiarity):
CV Civic Action is organized to mobilize Catholic voters across the country to petition Congress and the White House. Our aim is to organize Catholics in such a way where our voice will be more powerful when acting together than acting alone.
But we don’t stop there.
When laws or regulations such as this new mandate are forced upon us, we have more options. The CV Legal Fund is set up to fund expert attorneys to challenge unjust and unconstitutional mandates such as this. We are already exploring the legal options available to fight this new mandate in court.
Finally, we live in a republic. And this remains the most important option available to us — the ballot box. If you don’t like the persons passing laws or (in this case) mandating new regulations, then you elect new people to Congress or you elect a new President. That’s why we established the CatholicVote SuperPAC.
We can’t reveal everything we are working on right now, but I want you to know that we are laying the groundwork for an explosive campaign effort in 2012.
Also, as Matt Bowman suggests, please call your House and Senate members and ask them to co-sponsor the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011.”
The Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121.
The House bill is numbered H.R. 1179 and is authored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (who CatholicVote endorsed in 2010!). The Senate bill is numbered S.1467 and is authored by Sen. Roy Blunt (who I saw in DC this week promoting this legislation). The Catholic bishops are also supporting this bill strongly.
Faithful Catholics really can have the last word, if we speak up!