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.
[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.