Saturday, February 02, 2013

More intolerance from the Obama administration.

From Wesley Smith:
As usual, Yuval is correct when he writes that the proposed revised birth control rule constitutes greater, not lesser, intrusion into the religious realm by the Obama Administration. I get into it as well over at Human Exceptionalism. In a nutshell, here is how the slight of hand works.
1. Treat all religious non profits–whether houses of worship or organizations like universities–alike. That would have been good if the current exemption for houses of worship had been expanded to all dissenting religious organizations. But that isn’t what the government is proposing.

2. Do away with the existing full exemption for houses of worship, reducing it to a mere accommodation for all religious non profits opposing contraception.

3. Require all employees of opposing religious organizations to receive birth control coverage through a separate policy, paid for by the insurer.

Thus, as I note at HE: If a religious organization has 50 employees, it must provide health insurance. The mere act of providing health insurance requires insurance companies to pay for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients. In other words, nuns (and all female religious employees) will be covered for birth control whether they want it or not.


Gail Finke said...

Wesley Smith has another good piece, in a little more detail, at NRO. I think he is reading the proposed regulation correctly. You're a lawyer, right? How is it legal for HHS to mandate that a private company (insurance companies) give a class of its insured special insurance policies FOR FREE??? If the HHS can make insurance companies do that, why doesn't the Obama administration say all insurance companies have to insure everyone for everything == and pay all the costs?

Lauran said...


Wouldn't all or any of these proposals by the Obama Administration require a ruling by the Supreme Court, since none of them is Constitutional?

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