Obama gives Catholics one more year to change a fundamental belief

The audacity of a ruling of this type could only come from the Obama administration. 

The Catholic Church bans any artificial birth control.  Whether you agree with that or not, it is a fundamental belief of the Catholic religion.

The Obama administration has decided that all “qualified” insurance plans under Obamacare must include “free” artificial birth control, i.e., no deductibles and no copay, as of August, 2012.  Of course it isn’t “free”, you and your employer will be paying for this in the form of higher insurance premiums.  And, whether you like it or not, beginning this August, all insurance policies (group or individual) must provide free contraceptives.

An exemption has been given to the Catholic Church itself, but not to, for example, group insurance plans of Catholic run schools, Catholic run charities, or Catholic run hospitals.

Last Friday,

[o]fficials at the Department of Health and Human Services said that employers who don’t qualify for the [church] exemption but still have religious objections to the requirement will be allowed to delay implementing the rule until August 2013 to give them more time to adapt their policies. [emphasis supplied]

More time to “adapt their policies”?

Does anyone seriously believe that Catholic University, for example, will, by August 2013, decide that, regardless of the Catholic Church’s teachings, contraceptives are perfectly ok and will be covered for “free” under their group medical insurance policy?

The interesting thing here is that this ruling from the HHS comes less than two weeks after a unanimous opinion of the United States Supreme Court found that the federal government cannot tell a religious organization that it must do something that conflicts with that organization’s religious beliefs.

Doesn’t Obamacare already have enough Constitutional issues? 

Why this administration now wants to throw the 1st Amendment into the mix may forever remain a mystery.


37 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Yet another unilateral, unconstitutional decision by the Øbama administration?  Knock me over with a feather!
    Inching ever more towards a banana republic…

  2. Shock and Awe
    Shock and Awe says:

    Their is no appropriate words to describe the evil of this genocidal dictator.  We must end the murder of the unborn,  Hitler could only dream to do what the judges of Roe vs Wade did.  Kick him out!

    • Lynn
      Lynn says:

      @ Johnboy111, I have to remain optimistic, it is part of MY Constitution.  Remember that only Congress should make the laws ( I know this has been sidestepped by you know who) but we do have leaders in Congress who stand up and lead every day. We just need to put more responsible leaders in the Senate. A new administration will be able to clean out HHS and hopefully cut the numbers in the dept. The President shouldn’t micromanage, as in the formerly worst President of the US, Jimmy Carter.

  3. ricbee
    ricbee says:

    I’ve come to see that Catholics do a very lot for their communities. Many shelters & free kitchens here in Hartford are staffed & paid for by Catholic Charities. If they are forced out of those services many will suffer.

  4. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    So, let’s get this straight:  “Church” cannot interfere with anything remotely considered “Government” – God forbid that a creche be put on a town green, or the word “God” uttered in school, apart from usage as a cuss word; but “Government” can dictate to “Church” the implementation of their doctrines. 

  5. crystal4
    crystal4 says:

    Whaaat? The title of this article floored me.
    Who’s asking ANYONE to change ANY fundamental belief? If you follow the Catholic Church’s tenet of birth control being sinful, who’s making you buy it? (98% of Catholic’s use birth control).
    I’m thinking of millions that work for Catholic hospitals, schools. universities…if they don’t have the same coverage as others, isn’t that a violation of their religious freedom? (I thought everyone here was always screaming “the consitutioooon!!!.).

    • SeeingRed
      SeeingRed says:

      The intent of the edict is obvious.  A miopic view of what the Administration is attempting and then citing the ‘almost correct 98% of the time’ Reuters doesn’t further your argument.  Yes, I’m Catholic.  No, I don’t beleive that anyone on a Catholic health plan would be at a disadvantage. 

    • NH-Jim
      NH-Jim says:

      “Adapt their policies”, is that not an edict?  This is just another form of incremental government control by taking small bites out of the US Constitution.  In this case, the separation of church and state is void.
      It does not matter how many Catholics use contraceptives or not, just as no one is to use the Lord’s name in vain but many still curse using God’s name.  Because humans are not perfect, the church has its rules and teaches its congregation to strive to be the most perfect that we can and, if we fail, we have forgiveness to ask for.
      The Reuters article is based on a survey by the National Survey on Family Growth under the DHHS.  It surveyed 13, 495 persons (7,356 women with only a 76% response rate).  300,000,000+ population in USA: take it with a grain of salt, I say.

  6. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    The Fascists in the Democrat Party never were really going to allow anyone to opt out of their healthcare coup, and it’s Stalinist rules. I see their strategy for defending their religious bigotry is to make snotty comments about Catholics.

  7. JBS
    JBS says:

    The Øbama Regime demonstrates through word and deed the difference between governing and ruling a country. Without a shred of doubt, Øbama believes that he can bring this country in line with his vision of social harmony simply by ordering it so. His rule by executive order, his flaunting of the Constitution, and his elitist mentality identify him as the most arrogant and dangerous president ever. His blatant disregard for the law (Fast and Furious, et al.) and now his spurning of the SCOTUS decision defining further the separation of church and state reveal him as ruling above the law and lacking all regard for individual rights and religious beliefs.
    Øbama currently has four of the nine SCOTUS justices sympathetic to the aims of his Regime. Unless he is turned out of office this November, he will undoubtedly have the opportunity to seat one or more justices. With a majority in the Supreme court, he will reshape established law to an unprecedented degree. Religious freedom will only be one of the causalities. Among other initiatives against the Constitution, Øbama and those aligned with his vision of the future, will seek to rescind the Second Amendment. (The rats!)
    Why does Øbama’s DHHS…

  8. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    So, they issue waivers for participation in Øbamacare for friends, but can’t exempt a church on constitutional ground of the separation of church and state, something they almost reflexively pull out when the situation is reversed?

    • crystal4
      crystal4 says:

      Freedom of religion=don’t believe in contraception, don’t use it. (Just don’t impose your beliefs on me, Dimsdale.)
      Ya just don’t get it, tho, more contraception=less abortions

      • gillie28
        gillie28 says:

        It’s not a question of whether or not one agrees with contraception (I think it’s necessary, personally but that’s not the issue).  It’s a question of the government imposing its will on  a church school, hospital or charity.  People aren’t forced to work for Catholic schools, hospitals, charities, etc and have to be aware of the principles they espouse.  It they don’t agree, they can work elsewhere.    Don’t think it’s Dims who “just doesn’t get it.”

  9. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” Who would have thought the HHS would usurp the authority of Congress, only a dimwit Democrat (with a hat tip to Tim in Alabama)

  10. crystal4
    crystal4 says:

    Gillie, I get it. Catholic hospitals employ MD”s who prescribe birth control and those prescriptions can be filled in those Catholic hospital pharmacies…hmmm…is it a question of profit here or religious beliefs?

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Perhaps the word “tenet” would have been more appropriate.  In any event, the act by Sebelius is in defiance of the Constitution.  Again.

  11. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Pretty sure Catholic doctors or hospitals will NOT prescribe artificial birth control. They may or may not suggest rhythm method.  IMHO they should not have to give up their beliefs for anyone especially this administration. As you can see, profit is NOT part of the equation. Women are free to go to other hospitals if they want artificial contraception.

    • crystal4
      crystal4 says:

      Sorry, Lynn, they do..do you think the physicians check with the bishops before writing a prescription to see if it’s OK? They also administer Plan B to rape victims (in CT).

      • Lynn
        Lynn says:

        I don’t care what some do. Doctors of strong Catholic faith and Hospitals where those doctors work do not believe in artificial contraception and will not (of their own free will ) prescribe them. If HHS decides to tie them down and put them in cuffs they may bow to the pressure.  It was a terrible decision in CT, but then again, I do not expect our illustrious General Assembly or Courts to follow the Constitution.  I am not Catholic but admire those who have such strong faith, as I do anyone with strong faith of any religion.

  12. crystal4
    crystal4 says:

    I was just correcting your statement: “Pretty sure Catholic doctors or hospitals will NOT prescribe artificial birth control.”

      • Lynn
        Lynn says:

        Of course Sammy that would be acceptable, but this is about Catholic hospitals, Catholic schools etc, being made to cover artificail contraceptions in their group insurance policy.  WHY? They don’t believe in them  and what do you say to the bolded part of HHS, “to give them more time adapt their policies” It should just exempt them from forcing them to pay for this in the policies. If Congress can exempt Unions, Wal-Mart, Government employees and all the other groups exemptions for the entire mandate of the one-size fits all policies. What’s the beef with this little exemption for religious beliefs?

      • Lynn
        Lynn says:

        Besides you suggested that this was to make a profit which is so over the top, I had to reply. The reply below was to Sammy’s and your post below, don’t know how I did that.

  13. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    This is simply an attack on Amendment #1, freedom of religion. This should be a warning shot to any non-Catholic that thinks that it is only going to be the Catholic Church in the USA that is under attack. This is an attack on faith in general.

  14. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    Watched in bits and pieces the pro-life march vigil on Sunday night at the National Shrine in Washington D.C. the day before the March for Life and it was overflowing at that mass by Catholics concerned for life issues.

  15. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    Is it possible that Catholic doctors who are against artificial contraception would simply decline to write prescriptions for same? Would that not be their choice (of their own free will)?

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      The issue, as gillie notes below, is not about the individual doctors, it is about the Catholic Hospitals being forced to go against their religious tenets and provide the coverage.  In addition to their free will, they are protected by the First Amendment.  Or used to be, anyway.

  16. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    Ah, Sammy, the problem is that the Dept of Health is MANDATING it, otherwise that would be a solution (and one which, according to Crystal, is currently being used in the opposite way).  And we all know that means activists will go in and demand the prescription, then sue if it’s not given.

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