After the Obama administration supposedly reversed their decision dictating that churches and church-affiliated health care organizations WOULD provide free birth control and the “morning after abortion pill” for all employees, have you heard any news of reduced health insurance premiums to these organizations? I have not.
The word is that those always magnanimous insurance companies will pick up the cost. Now, isn’t that special? It means you will pay, my friend, or without reduced costs, the churches STILL PAY. Then there are those churches who self-insure. What about them?
And while President Barack Obama’s new plan allows religious-affiliated employers to refrain from paying for contraceptive coverage — insurers would be obligated to provide the coverage for free — the bishops said the change doesn’t go far enough.
“It would still mandate that all insurers must include coverage for the objectionable services in all the policies they would write,” the bishops said. “At this point, it would appear that self-insuring religious employers, and religious insurance companies, are not exempt from this mandate.”
The bishops said the president’s plan will require “careful moral analysis” and may still change.
But they made it clear that a “lack of clear protection for key stakeholders — for self-insured religious employers; for religious and secular for-profit employers; for secular non-profit employers; for religious insurers; and for individuals — is unacceptable and must be corrected. And in the case where the employee and insurer agree to add the objectionable coverage, that coverage is still provided as a part of the objecting employer’s plan, financed in the same way as the rest of the coverage offered by the objecting employer. This, too, raises serious moral concerns.”
Blue Cross Blue Shield says these services cost about $2.83 BILLION annually. The cost will shift to “administrative” costs, premiums are adjusted up.
ObamaCare, and this provision of it, has been the most hideous assault on our religious and individual liberties in the history of this country. We are already forced to allow our taxes to go overseas and pay for abortions. Our tax monies are granted-out to organizations like Planned Parenthood. Something has to happen to stop it…to stop him.