State-owned website should be named NH.Gov.Propaganda
It's state's website, not Hassan's
July 12. 2014 9:17PM
"When women are denied health insurance coverage that covers their basic health needs ... then women are unfairly being compensated less than their co-workers."
So says Gov. Maggie Hassan, in a release pushing a federal bill.
Apart from being factually incorrect, why is such a blatantly political statement posted on the state-owned and state-operated official website of New Hampshire's governor?
Actually, we know the answer. The Democrats nationally have made no secret of the fact that they intend to use the so-called Hobby Lobby U.S. Supreme Court decision to gin up political support and campaign dollars. Gov. Hassan wants to help.
It should also be no secret that no woman is being denied coverage of their basic health needs by this decision. The owners of Hobby Lobby craft stores were paying for 16 types of birth control before Obamacare ordered them to. But they objected to being forced to pay for four contraceptives that they believe amount to abortion.
The court agreed and pointed out that if government wants to make employers provide abortifacients, it should pay for them itself.
The Orwellian-named "Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act" would effectively undo the Hobby Lobby ruling and force employers to pay for all types of contraception, regardless of their religious objections, if co-sponsors like U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen have their way.
We doubt that will happen, but with officials like Gov. Hassan using state-funded websites for blatant poltical propagandzing to push such federal legislation, the deck becomes stacked.
Of course, Gov. Hassan is also running for re-election and helping liberal voter turnout helps her, as well. Fine. Let her campaign office, not the state's website, churn out all the political pieces she wants.