Friday, February 10, 2012
The President's Accommodation
Then it got worse.
The President today proposed this accommodation: We'll call the contraception, abortifacients and sterilization "preventative care" and make the health insurance carriers give all three to all women for free. That way: "Religious organizations will not be required to subsidize the cost of contraception,” and, “contraception coverage will be offered to women by their employers’ insurance companies directly, with no role for religious employers who oppose contraception.”
But this is no different than the first proposed rules. Setting aside the "free" aspect as the traditional liberal blindspot, the Catholic Organization still has to provide health insurance which provides the three anathema services. Nothing has changed.
To call the President's thinking here childlike is, I think, an insult to children. It is not as good as holding your hands over your eyes and saying, "You can't see me."
It's just stupid.
Religious liberty preserved, my wide ass.
UPDATE: The Catholic Bishops come to the same conclusion. It's nice to be with exalted company. They wrote:
[The "compromise"] would still mandate that all insurers must include coverage for the objectionable services in all the policies they would write.