Congressman Adrian Smith sees little chance of the president’s compromise on the contraception controversy resolving the issue.
Smith said President Obama’s proposed solution only shifts who pays for contraception.
“This is a great example of the reach of the president’s health care bill into telling people what’s good for them and taking decisions away from the American people,” Smith told Kevin Thomas on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN’s Drive Time Lincoln.
The president has proposed that health insurance companies be required to pay for contraception, not employers associated with a religious organization. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has stated the requirement violates the First Amendment religious rights of Catholics who oppose contraceptives on religious grounds.
Smith said the contraception controversy gives many Americans a clear understanding of the problems associated with national health care. Smith said the health care law gives the federal government too much power.
“This healthcare bill is basically the federal government, Washington, D.C., telling individuals what’s good for them,” according to Smith. “That, most often times, does not work.”
Smith doesn’t believe the compromise proposed by President Obama will satisfy his critics or quell the controversy.
Kevin Thomas with KLIN contributed to this report.
AUDIO: Congressman Adrian Smith discusses contraception issue on KLIN’s Drive Time Lincoln [9 min]