Kathy Hochul is good at scaring old people and outraging religious people. Old religious people are probably both frightened and infuriated by her. No matter with whom she’s interacting, she clearly exhibits the exact sort of demeanor one wants in a public servant.
Her career began most despicably, unless there’s honor in casting those who want to save us from insolvency as pill-stealing villains. But at least Hochul’s employers are not letting her get away with it. We are reminded of our nation’s greatness when citizens can provide rather satisfying feedback to a haughty representative, although I’d like to hear some hissing, too:
Representative Kathy Hochul (D – 26th District) was booed at her own town hall meeting on Friday morning in Lancaster.
They’re mad over something as trifling as the liberty to not be compelled by the government to engage in conduct some find abhorrent:
The packed crowd was critical of Hochul for supporting President Obama’s plan to require religiously affiliated employers, such as hospitals and schools, to provide full contraception coverage to female employees.
It’s tough to imagine the primitive era where people bought their own contraceptives, as bourgeoisie notions about buying what you use are so antiquated. But didn’t the boo birds hear about the ratty cloak that changes nothing but the wording?
The plan was later altered. It now calls for those workers to get free contraceptive coverage from health insurers, thus sparing religious based groups, morally opposed to paying for birth control, from having to do so.
So, employers are still on the hook, unless insurers give anyone they want anything for free out of the goodness of their hearts. Guess which stimulator of economic doom the congresswoman supports:
When Hochul spoke in support of the President, the crowd booed. Many in the audience carried signs, including one that read: “Kathy why have you betrayed our Catholic institutions?”
It’s scary and disheartening to ponder how we ever got to having the government tells any business what they must provide, especially something that the private concerns in question find repellant. As of now, the employers are doing what they can to not be sent to Hell:
Pastor Leon Bienart of Our Lady of Pompeii Church also asked Hochul if the President or Congress consulted with Catholic bishops before they issued the policy.
I hope the bishop is willing to forgive her for her flippantly condescending response that was also wholly inaccurate:
Hochul replied that it was a good question and she would try to get an answer. The Congresswoman also replied this way to the questions and criticism “We’re not gonna agree on this one. I’m gonna tell you that I will stand for our religious freedoms. But I don’t see a conflict here. Now that there’s been an accommodation that says religious institutions do not have to provide these services. So we’re just going to have to disagree on that.”
We should be able to agree that they do not have to provide these services, except for how they do. Her convoluted mendacity can’t disguise how employers still must make birth control available.
The big alleged concession is that insurance companies will be the ones providing it, which means that employers are still ultimately going to have to pay for it. Make sure you take money from this pile and not that one.
In truth, the supposed deal creates a perverse loophole where the only people who get free contraceptives from their insurers are those employed by religions institutions. Let’s be charitable and call Hochul’s position disingenuous.
Many parishioners may normally be loath to tolerate political preaching at church. But those behind the pulpit have no choice when their rights are directly under fire. Making religions participate in something immoral is yet another joy of federal mandates in general and federal health in particular.
But at least one of the president’s morality-trampling flunkies is being made to sweat about it. After all, Hochul has her job only because Chris Lee photographed himself after misplacing his top. That led to a divided vote among fully-clad hopeful replacements in which Jack Davis’s Tea Party-faking knavery eventually enabled Hochul to indignantly infringe on your values.
She sure has been smug in flaunting her victory, especially considering she based her candidacy on telling seniors horror stories about their health care disappearing. But she’s squirming now as constituents realize who their partial-term representative really represents, namely those who dismiss your outmoded concept of having standards.
We can only hope she enjoys the rest of her truncated stay in office, as her alliance with those who determined that free birth control is somehow now a right is going to lead to a very short stay in Washington. She faces a delightfully tough test whether her district wises up or disappears.
In the blessedly short meantime, she’ll just have to deal with getting rightfully scolded. Or maybe her constituents are yelling “Hoooochul.”
Cross-posted at http://buffalobean.wordpress.com.
Anthony Bialy is a writer and “Red Eye” conservative in New York City. He tweets at http://twitter.com/AnthonyBialy.