On Piers Morgan's show Friday, Rep. Ron Paul took to the air with his own unique take on the contraception mandate currently causing so much trouble on the Hill. Unsurprisingly, whereas other sources have denounced the mandate on cultural grounds, Paul chose to address the issue entirely from the perspective of its worrying implications for government power.
"I just don’t like the government in this business,” Paul told Piers Morgan. “I’m stronger in believing the market works these things out...I think its a rather silly argument about who’s going to get free birth control pills."
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Paul's comments reflect a wider Republican about-face on the contraception mandate, and an attempt to focus the debate on another topic beyond the subject of contraception itself. Rick Santorum himself told Sean Hannity that contraception is "not the issue" when asked about the same topic. That reasoning is the same reasoning that Darrell Issa used when he first rejected Sandra Fluke as a witness regarding the contraception mandate, explaining that she lacked any expertise on religious freedom.