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Brown Backing Obama Mandate

March 2, 2012
The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Ohio voters will want to pay close attention to Sen. Sherrod Brown as he travels the state with members of President Barack Obama's cabinet, in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Brown says he believes Obama's latest mandate, which Brown and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius contend is not a government takeover, will someday be appreciated just like Social Security and Medicare are today.

Putting aside Brown's apparent ignorance of the massive burdens placed on our economy by Social Security and Medicare, and the degree to which the mistakes made in those programs are most certainly not appreciated by many Americans, it is worth noting that Brown has also chosen to ignore the Obama administration's clear dismissal of the First Amendment.

Although the Obama administration claims it has "compromised" in its effort to force religious employers to provide contraceptives and abortifacients in insurance policies for employees, the truth is that a small change in language means very little real change for employers whose religious beliefs prohibit them from facilitating the use of birth control by employees.

Brown's fellow senator from Ohio, Republican Robert Portman, is co-sponsor of the Respect for the Rights of Conscience Act, which would prevent Obama from forbidding employers to provide health coverage consistent with their religious beliefs. Portman, at least, appears willing to defend the First Amendment in Congress.

Brown, who faces no opposition in Ohio's Democrat primary, seems to think he has risen above the need to serve his constituents on even so basic a level as protecting their Constitutional freedoms. Voters who follow Brown's antics until November, when he will have an opponent, will remember such arrogance, and perhaps not hand over the free ticket to Washington Brown thinks he will receive.

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