About That Obama Administration Contraception Mandate Compromise

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Last week, the Obama administration announced
that it had compromised on the ObamaCare requirement that
religiously affiliated institutions would have to pay for health
insurance that covers reproductive services. The Washington
Post explained:
Under this proposal, objecting nonprofits will be allowed to
offer employees a plan that does not cover contraceptives. Their
health insurer will then automatically enroll employees in a
separate individual policy, which only covers contraceptives, at no
cost. This policy would stand apart from the employer’s larger
benefit package.
The faith-based employer would not “have to contract, arrange,
pay or refer for any contraceptive coverage to which they object on
religious grounds.”
In earlier
my blogpost about this “compromise” I asked:
Is it really credible that health insurers won’t simply boost
the prices of their non-contraceptive policies to cover the
“no-cost” contraception coverage? Does the Obama administration
really think that believers can be that easily duped?
Post columnist Michael Gerson
suggests today that the answer is no. He cites a succinct
analysis from the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center’s
Yuval Levin:
“The religious institutions are required by the government to
give their workers an insurer, and that insurer is required by the
government to give those workers abortive and contraceptive
coverage, but somehow these religious employers are supposed to
imagine that they’re not giving their workers access to abortive
and contraceptive coverage.”
Yep. That’s exactly what the Obama administration is offering.
Gerson points to further limitations on even this alleged
The administration has still made no attempt to deal with the
hard cases. Is it right to impose the mandate on a for-profit
religious publisher? On a non-religious pro-life organization or a
Catholic television station? On a family-owned business with a
highly religious owner?
Good questions. As I pointed out in my May 2012 column,
Church and State Money,” a real compromise would be to change
the tax code so that employers could hand over the money they spend
on buying mandated one-size-fits all health insurance policies to
each employee. Then individual employees would be able purchase
whatever health insurance they think fits their needs, including
policies that pay for whatever reproductive services they want.Disclosure: I am for allowing people to make all sorts of
reproductive choices including aborting or not aborting, using or
not using contraceptives, takng advantage of in vitro fertlization
techniques or not, contracting with surrogates or not, and when the
time comes, availing themselves of safe technologies to genetically
enhance their children or not. Of course, they should pay for such
choices themselves.

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