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When asked about the upcoming Supreme Court case that will determine whether Christian businesses like Hobby Lobby can refuse to pay for birth control for their employees, former DNC chair Howard Dean asserted that decisions about healthcare should be made by the federal government, not by individual employers who pay for their workers’ health insurance.
“So, you know, this is one country,” Dean told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley on Sunday. “We all have to live by a set of things that are passed in Washington and agreed to by the court. We’ll see what the court does, but I don’t think a particular employer has a right to decide what kind of health care their employees are going to get. That’s now in the hands of the federal government, and that’s where it should be.”
“My view of that is we’re a single country, and I don’t think employers get to impose their religious beliefs on their employees or any other beliefs, for that matter. I mean, this idea that we can pick and choose what we’re going to do is a tough idea. I was deeply opposed to the Vietnam War and I thought it was immoral because we were being lied to by our own government. I still paid my taxes and the people who didn’t pay their taxes went to jail.”
It’s something that sounds right out of 1984 or, for the younger generation, the Hunger Games – that the government should make your decisions for you. According to Dean, the ability for citizens to “pick and choose” is wrong. However, the freedom to choose is something that Mr. Dean has enjoyed his whole life, and it may do him some good to be reminded of that.