This so called compromise does not change a single thing. It’s a late Friday afternoon gimmick, it’s fraud, they are trying to hoodwink and bamboozle you.
From Fox News…
The change would allow religious organizations to refuse to cover contraceptive care. It would also require insurers to offer a plan that does not include contraceptive care in their contracts with nonprofit religious groups. But the insurers would be required to make contraception available free of charge to women anyway.
You can feel good about this Catholics and Christians! You never have to discuss abortion or contraception coverage with your employees and you’ll have plan options that “don’t offer” such coverage. But of course if your employees call us and ask if they have coverage, we’ll let them know they do have coverage and point them in the right direction! Wink wink, nod nod.
I think my head’s going to explode.
This actually just got worse. Now they are trying outright fraud to hoodwink Catholics into thinking they won’t be paying for contraception or abortion services. They plan just to eliminate it from the certificate of coverages (the document specifically defining what is covered), but mandate insurance companies pay for it at the same time!
In the scenario addressed by the Obama administration’s cockamamie “compromise,” religious organization employer (call it “A”) wishes to purchase health insurance from B insurance company for C, its employees, but not cover birth-control services that violate A’s religious principles and that the First Amendment protects A from having to subsidize.
Obama is telling A that it can pay B and that the payments will not cover birth control services for C; he is then telling B to cover the birth-control services for C — but only because A is making the payments. A is thus deceived by Obama’s representations into paying B for C’s birth-control services.
That is fraud. If you tried to pull something like it, federal agents and attorneys would investigate and prosecute you. And if millions of dollars were involved, the sentencing guidelines would dictate many, many years of incarceration.
Uh, so the administration response will be [is to] tell insurers for religious organizations to take on the costs themselves without passing it along to the religious organizations that pay for the policies? I’m not sure that even Chris Matthews will buy that as a “compromise.”
Mark my words… if the Obama administration can’t make this pig fly, the next step will be to try and make contraception and abortion a product and service provided by the federal government. Of course, they will be using federal tax dollars which will result in the same damn problem.