During a press briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney mentioned he thought the Obama administration had worked to find “the appropriate balance between religious beliefs and the need to provide preventive services to American women.”
An appropriate balance? Their definition of an appropriate balance is to provide waivers to some Catholics and leaving the mandate in place for other Catholics. That’s like saying an appropriate balance would be to select a certain percentage of women from a hat and letting them know they can not have access to any contraception services at all.
Even if a health care insurance policy does not cover abortion or contraception, that does not mean women do not have access to those services. Services are certainly just available as they would be if covered in a health plan, it’s just that women would need to pay for those services.
What I find interesting here is Obama’s health care plan pushed this issue into the spotlight for many Catholics. Quite honestly, there were plenty of Catholic small business owners who provided health care to employees who probably did not give much thought as to what was included in the certificate of coverage (COC) documents. Now, specifically due to the Obama administrations self-defined mandate on the subject, a lot more people are interested … and coming to the conclusion they need to fight back.