Republicans may think they've gained an edge with the backlash against the White House for insisting on a requirement in the health care law that mandates insurance companies provide birth control. The dust up came from objections by religious institutions for whom birth control is morally wrong. They say it is a violation of religious freedom to require them to pay for a procedure or product that they find morally objectionable and are demanding an exemption.
Perhaps they'll get their exemption and feel as it they've won. Well, they may win the battle, but in doing so lose another big round in the war. For in accepting the exemption they are validating the rule. The rule being that it is right and fitting for the government to determine the nature of products offered in the marketplace. Of course, a free market advocate would say that what's included or not included in an insurance policy is between the buyer and the seller. No more. Now we're dealing with a buyer that's forced to buy a product and a seller that's forced to meet parameters, not set by said buyer, but by the government.
From the very beginning of the collectivist movement, it's been held that the system will only work properly when everyone participates. How do you make that happen? There's only one answer. By force. That's why every drive toward socialist Utopia ends the same way, no matter how progressive. It always ends in misery.
By focusing on objections to individual provisions of the health care law, Republicans are implying that the law itself is not the problem, just the details. We're still primarily arguing over which brand of Statism we're going to live under.