Wednesday, February 08, 2012

HEALTH CARE ACT, BIRTH CONTROL, AND THE CHURCHES

Here's the situation: the Affordable Health Care Act, passed by the US Congress in 2010, requires health insurance providers to include contraceptives as part of preventative health care coverage. The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a statement to this effect, and includes non-profit religious organizations that provide health insurance to their employees.  The Catholic Church and a number of others have loudly protested this requirement, and are joining together to work towards repeal of the health care law. The Republic Party has jumped on this attack on "Obamacare" with all four feet!

My opinion - tough luck non-profit religious organizations, just obey the law. If individual employees don't want contraceptives because of their religious beliefs, they won't get them. But what about your employees who do want them? Why is it any of your business? Do your employees have to be members of your religion? Why do you think you have the right to control what individual people do about their own health care and reproductive practices? I understand that birth control is against your religious doctrine, but we do (still) live in a democracy.

This is all a bunch of smoke that will help obscure the true values and benefits provided to millions of people under the new health care legislation. The media love it - it's a controversy! Talking heads and blabbing bloggers are filling the mediasphere with this stuff.....oh, um, wait a minute......OK, goodbye for now.

1 comment:

Jonathan Radmacher said...

Employee at opposing religious institution, and ask for a frank discussion about birth control; perhaps the employer will keep track of the calendar to assist on the rythym method. Or maybe the employer will help provide child care in the event of an unwanted pregnancy?

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