Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Unintended Consequences of Obama and Sebelius's mandate

There are many opinions about contraceptives. The media is going crazy about this issue. The fact is that nobody is trying to ban them. There is a battle over requiring religious organizations to pay for it. That's not only wrong due to separation of church and state, but it's going to cause a lot of people to lose coverage. It shows how stupid and shortsighted bureaucrats can be, as well as Obama for signing off on that.

A blind man could see this coming. From Yahoo - The Ticket

On a chilly winter day earlier this month, 120 college presidents--mostly of Protestant schools--from around the country met in Washington for an annual meeting sponsored by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, a group that represents 136 American schools and more than 400,000 students. One topic kept coming up in the discussions: How to combat President Barack Obama's proposed mandate for religious employers to provide health insurance that offers free contraception, a decision that would affect all of their institutions--and could violate some of their deepest-held beliefs.

During the conference, 25 of the presidents held a separate policy meeting to discuss the proposed directive, which was first established in the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and was upheld this year by the Department of Health and Human Services. The mandate, later softened by the Obama administration, would have required non-church religious institutions like schools and hospitals to offer health insurance plans that include free access to contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. Many of these presidents made trips to the offices of their representatives to urge them to fight against the decision.

Much of the news coverage of the battle over the contraception mandate focused on the outcry from the Catholic Church, but employers affiliated with Protestant denominations--especially religious colleges who offer insurance plans to students--waged an equally outspoken crusade against the decision. A coalition of more than 60 faith-based groups co-signed a letter to President Obama in December urging him to broaden exemptions to the mandate, and the council's president, Paul Corts, twice sent letters to the administration urging them to reconsider.

After the Obama administration first announced the mandate, colleges associated with Protestant churches and schools founded as expressly Christian institutions fought for exemptions, warning that the mandate could force them to deny health insurance to students who rely on the school's health care plans.

Here's the bottom line. Thanks to the Obama administration's stupid decision, a lot of people will have their health care dropped. Religious organizations will not violate their beliefs. Do not ask them to do so. They will shut down before giving in, just as many adoption agencies did because of gay adoption policies in Massachusetts. If you want these people covered with any health coverage, then you better tell Obama to reverse the policy period. The choices aren't to cover contraceptives or not. The choice is health coverage period or not. By picking that culture war fight, everybody loses.

In addition, how many hospitals are religious-run. In Michigan, a large number of hospitals are Catholic owned. Providence is one of the biggest in neighboring Oakland County. Is this the first step to mandate abortion coverage? Yes, I know about the Hyde Amendment, but with Obamacare on the horizon, what's in store now?

I shouldn't expect anything less from the Peter Principle in Chief.


Communications guru said...

It’s not the media “going crazy about this issue” it’s idiot Republicans like you trying desperately to find an issue to bolster your floundering GOP Presidential hopes and smear the President with another fake war on religion. There also is no “battle over requiring religious organizations to pay for it” because they aren’t. No, a lot of people will not have their health care dropped.

The President will not nor should he drop this common sense policy because there is no reason to do it.

Yes, a lot of hospitals are Catholic owned, but they operate in the secular world, accept federal and state tax dollars, employee people of all religions and treat people of all religions. This has nothing to do with abortion; only to the fact that it will prevent them.

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