Sarah Palin says the controversy swirling around Obamacare’s birth-control mandate, even with the Obama administration’s proposed compromise, is indicative of what is in store if government takes control of the nation’s healthcare. The former Alaska governor also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Tuesday President Barack Obama’s handling of the contraception rule was “poor politics.”
Obama offered a compromise last week that would force health insurers, instead of religious-affiliated charities, to pay for contraceptives for employees of those institutions, which retreated from Obamacare’s original birth-control mandate.
“Welcome to government-mandated health care and the stripping of our liberties and choices with this takeover of about one sixth of our economy, by the way,” Palin said. “This compromise really is no compromise because the controversy that ensued was based upon the fact that this is an assault on religious liberties. It’s government telling a faith-based institution what it must provide, though it does absolutely violate the conscience of that institution.
“Very poor politics, that they would choose such a battle — one, to pick a fight with faith-filled Americans — this is an un-American act of our president. Anything that would so blatantly violate an amendment within the United States Constitution is un-American,” she said. “And Barack Obama needs to rethink what he has just done to the people of America because we’re rising up on this one. We’re not going to back off and we're not going to say OK, it is all right that such a violation of conscience, such a violation of those things that our Founders fought and died for — we’re just going sit back and let it happen to us. Not this time!”
Van Susteren asked Palin how she thought the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare — a decision expected in June — months before the presidential election.
“Well, if it’s declared constitutional, we still have the remedy, of course, and that's replacing Obama at the ballot box, getting somebody in there who understands our Constitution and understands the free market and understands that there can be solutions to the challenges facing our healthcare dilemmas in America that can be market-based and patient- centered,” Palin said. “The solution is replacing our president with free market, pro- capitalist ideas on how to solve the problems.
“If it’s deemed unconstitutional, of course, that solves much of the problem — but it wouldn’t surprise me if Barack Obama and his czars, his administration, still try to get around whatever Supreme Court ruling is that surfaces,” she said. “They'll still try to ram this down our throat because that’s how we got to where we are today as something was rammed down our throat.”
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