Published March 30, 2012
Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
That statement has never resonated with me more than this week as the U.S. Supreme Court decides the constitutionality of ObamaCare’s individual mandate. This very quote came to mind as I explained the court’s actions to my daughter and how this will have an effect on her future and the nation’s very concept of liberty. What’s at stake for our nation is stunning, and it has serious implications for American women.
But, don’t worry your pretty little head about it. President Obama is going to make sure you get “free” birth control pills. After all, isn’t that all he has to do to buy our vote?
Every woman, Republican or Democrat, wants to live her life without the undue burden of a big government infringing upon her freedoms. Plain and simple. ObamaCare impacts us, whether as an employer or as a citizen.
For the first time in our nation’s rich history, under ObamaCare, Congress will force every citizen to purchase a federally sanctioned health insurance policy. But if the branches of government force women to pay for health care services they do not need or want, it will trigger a series of consequences.
Married women and their families will bear the brunt of ObamaCare’s income redistribution. According to a study conducted by Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, titled, “Obamanomics," married couples will be forced to pay a $10,000 annual penalty and, cumulatively, could pay over $200,000 during the course of their marriage.
The typical family already pays 30 percent of its income for taxes. This is more than food, clothing and housing combined. But according to a study by the House Ways and Means Committee, ObamaCare contains another $670 billion in tax increases. These tax increases will certainly hurt women more than men, because women enter and exit the labor force more often and for longer periods of time. Furthermore, women typically have an additional 15 to 18 more years of life than our male counterparts.
Citizens on Medicare and Medicaid, mostly women, will receive less, and possibly worse, care under ObamaCare than under privatized health services. More than seven million seniors will lose their Medicare Advantage. A congressional investigation into AARP revealed that under ObamaCare, approximately 50 percent of seniors will be forced out of their health plans, while those remaining will be forced to pay more.
Health care is just one of many issues plaguing women and their families. Considering that women make 85 percent of the purchasing decisions and own 30 percent of all small businesses, I’d say there is room for worry. In the midst of the Great Recession, we are facing sky-high gas prices, food inflation, unprecedented unemployment, burdensome government regulations on small business and the very real threat of losing our religious liberties.
Republican President Gerald Ford warned, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." This scenario is certainly not what women want, but it is what President Obama wants. He cannot wait to have a second term that allows, what Obama has described as, “more flexibility.”
There’s no question about what American women want. We want to be treated with respect; we want freedom to practice our religion; we want to pursue the American dream and retain the basic liberties and freedoms bestowed by our Constitution, and finally, we want our families to be safe and to be able to prosper from all of the above.
Let’s pray the Supreme Court listens to what women want and makes the right decision for the nation, or this generation, “may have to one day explain to our children and our children’s children what is was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Penny Young Nance is CEO of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.