...had an epiphany about this on the way to work today.
Obie's strategy is not to attack something (business, religion) directly, but to hobble it so it can't do what it is supposed to do, until it dies.
What do I mean?
Well, he can't make farming illegal, or nationalize it. Instead, he tries to control the actions of the farmer, in this case, essentially making it illegal for farming skills and work ethic to be passed down in the family. Similarly, he's not directly confronting the Catholics, rather he's trying (thru HHS) to tell them they must do something that is, in their view, immoral.
Beauty of this is, when we go to argue abut what's really happening (can you say "collectives"?), it's "O noes, it's for the chirren!! We has to!!"
You have been warned.