Paul Ryan spoke on the subject of poverty in Cleveland, Wednesday, making the argument that the Republican ticket cares about the poor but has a different approach to alleviating poverty in America. Ryan argued that government gets in the way of private giving and charities that help the poor, and used health care reform’s contraception coverage rule as an example.
Nothing undermines the essential and honorable work these groups do quite like the abuse of government power. Take what happened this past January, when the Department of Health and Human Services issued new rules requiring Catholic hospitals, charities and universities to violate their deepest principles. Never mind your own conscience, they were basically told – from now on you’re going to do things the government’s way.
This mandate isn’t just a threat to religious charities. It’s a threat to all those who turn to them in times of need. In the name of strengthening our safety net, this mandate and others will weaken it.