The White House put out a fact sheet today stating that HHS would not require religious-based organizations to pay for contraception for their employees. Instead, the insurance companies, who are paid for by the religious-based organizations, will pay. Here’s the quote:
The policy also ensures that if a woman works for religious employers with objections to providing contraceptive services as part of its health plan, the religious employer will not be required to provide contraception coverage, but her insurance company will be required to offer contraceptive care free of charge.
How stupid do they think we are? Nothing has changed. Insurance companies aren’t charities, freely doling out birth control pills. If a church buys an insurance policy for its staff and that insurance policy provides “free” birth control pills, the church is paying for those contraceptive services. This is just insulting. But since it comes from a man who thinks everyone who disagrees with him is just a rube, “bitterly clinging” to guns and religion, I guess it’s to be expected.
First Amendment issues aside, it annoys me that the government requires insurance policies to cover this (or pretty much anything) because that means that all of our insurance rates will be going up. I should have the right to choose not to have certain things I don’t feel I need covered.