By Tom Quiner

It had been a year since I saw her.

This young lady just completed her first year of college. She was excited to tell me about her reactions to Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.

She obviously loves it there. I soaked up her enthusiasm, as I have read of bundle of books written by various faculty members from Steubenville.

This is a very Catholic university.

Today I learned that their students have become the latest victims of Obamacare. Franciscan University has been forced to drop the health plan for their students because of it.

Let me be more specific: they have been forced to drop it because of Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama’s HHS edict forces Catholic institution, such as Steubenville, to provide contraception in its health plans for students. Up to now, they haven’t done so because it would be a violation of Catholic religious beliefs. As a spokesperson for the university said, it:

“requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.”

This is obviously not a big deal to the president and his party whose beliefs “evolve” on a daily basis.

It’s a huge deal to Catholics whose beliefs are consistent, timeless, and immutable.

There’s another problem. Obamacare forces the university to up the maximum coverage per student to $100,000. Guess what? When you up the coverage and add in other mandates, the price goes up. How much? For Steubenville students, it would double the first year and triple the second.

This is called a double whammy.

The university is forced to drop coverage for moral and economic reasons. Says the school’s vice president of advancement, Mike Hernon:

“This is putting people in a position where they are having to choose between their faith and their morality, and now an unjust cost. These sorts of regulations from the government are forcing our hand in a way that’s really wrong. This is unconscionable, a moral and economic injustice.”

This didn’t have to happen. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act never said faith-based institutions would have to violate their religious beliefs to comply with the law. It would never have passed had we known this was in it.

Barack Obama chose to insert it. He forced the issue.

Another classic example of the ongoing “evolving” of a president who, it has become clear, is virulently anti-Christian, generally speaking, and anti-Catholic specifically speaking.

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  1. irishsignora on May 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    One of my cousins and his wife are alumnae of Franciscan. To say they are heartbroken that it had to come to this would be an understatement. Thank you for lending your blog and your support to this beautiful, Catholic institution of higher learning. Peace be with you — Kelly

  2. Lisa Bourne on May 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Oh just wait, the ploy will be to demonize Franciscan, to be sure. It’s not the president’s fault the big bad Catholic university chose to end coverage. Nor is it because of any problem with the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Lord knows there’s NOTHING wrong with that! Nope, Steubenville was already a favorite target of the ire of those opposed to Catholic orthodoxy, so projection of faux blame would be par for the course and certain to be in the offing. And really, if they can’t make that stick, just blame George W. Bush. You know it’s in the copy template on the teleprompter.

    • quinersdiner on May 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      It’s hard not to be cynical in light of the free pass Obama receives from the MSM. What is painful is the free pass he receives from too many Catholics.

      • Lisa Bourne on May 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        Cynical? Let’s call it comical. This presidency is the pinnacle of comedy and tragedy all at once. And to your point on his receiving a pass from those who he should not, well you have to laugh in the face of pain.

        • quinersdiner on May 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm

          If you would have asked me a month ago who will win the election, I would have said Obama. I’m not so sure now. The public doesn’t want gay marriage. You pile this on top of the HHS Mandate, his refusal to enforce DOMA, and his delusional budgets, and I think more and more independent voters are looking at him as being out of touch. Keep the faith!

      • Lisa Bourne on May 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        Not cynical; comical, whimsical …. Don’t forget the insane number of czars and otherwise unconstitutional appointments, strangulation of business through regulation, and the, “Let Them Eat Cake,” vacation motif, on that pile. I wonder where the woman is who was filmed amidst the war-zone left behind on the ground at the inauguration who said she was so happy because with this president she wasn’t going to have to worry about paying her mortgage or filling her gas tank. Do you think he’s been in touch with her? LOL. The only thing this president is more in touch with than his Ayers-Wright-inspired agenda is his ego. Thanks for the banter Tom. And the only thing worth keeping in the middle of all this, is the faith! 😉

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