Skip to comments.Obama “accommodation”: Insurers must cover contraception at no cost to … anyone? (Why not Viagra?)
Posted on 02/10/2012 11:34:49 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Today, the Obama administration hastily called a press conference to announce a change to its HHS mandate for employers to cover contraception at no cost, including religious organizations whose doctrines oppose contraception and abortifacients. Instead of religious organizations footing the bill directly, the revised "accommodation" now says that insurers must cover the costs, which changes --- nothing:
The revised Obama mandate will make religious groups contract with insurers to offer birth control and the potentially abortion-causing drugs to women at no cost. The revised mandate will have religious employers refer women to their insurance company for coverage that still violates their moral and religious beliefs. Under this plan, every insurance company will be obligated to provide coverage at no cost.
Essentially, religious groups will still be mandated to offer plans that cover both birth control and the ella abortion drug
According to Obama administration officials on a conference call this morning, a womans insurance company will be required to reach out directly and offer her contraceptive care free of charge. The religious institutions will not have to pay for it.
The birth control and abortion-causing drugs will simply be part of the bundle of services that all insurance companies are required to offer, White House officials said.
So these employers will still have to provide the health insurance, and the health insurance must cover the contraception and abortifacients. The White House apparently wants t pretend that the funds for these outlays will come off of the Unobtanium Tree, where insurers find money to cover all mandates. This exposes once again a stunning ignorance of risk pools and how costs are passed along to consumers.
Let’s just take this one step at a time. Where do insurers get money to pay claims? They collect premiums and co-pays from the insured group or risk pool. No matter what the Obama administration wants to say now, the money that will cover those contraception costs will come from the religious organizations that must now by law buy that insurance and pay those premiums. Their religious doctrines have long-standing prohibitions against participating in contraception and abortion, and nothing in this “accommodation” changes the fact that the government is now forcing them to both fund and facilitate access to products and services that offend their practice of religion.
Basically, the Obama administration told religious organizations to stop complaining and get in line. This “accommodation” only attempts to accommodate Obama’s political standing and nothing more.
Heck. This guy is miraculous. He skips court appearances and gets awarded the verdict without furnishing any evidence except a copy of his most recent photoshopped BC. He at least appears to be above and beyond all laws. So King? Maybe.
It’s just unbelievable that he gets away with all of this. WHEN is someone going to call him out. I can see Newt doing it.
dandiegirl, we got here courtesy of Senator Mikulski, who REFUSED to exclude abortion from her preventive care amendment.
PPACA requires all insurance plans to cover preventive care. It grants HHS authority to define ANYTHING (even electives like abortifacients that have nothing to do with disease prevention) as preventive and we are forced to subsidize it via insurance premiums. And with our federal taxes that will subsidize some insurance plans.
PPACA also promotes preventive care in various ways, so we will likely end up subsidizing preventive care grants with our tax dollars too. Isn’t Obama nice to make us pay twice? Or is it thrice? I’m losing count!
How about pot coupons. No fooling the country is going to pot!
Well, Newt talks the talk for sure. What we really need is the judges in this country to step up to the plate. So far, all the courts are hiding from the obvious unconstitutional accumulation of power in the executive. Is there no judge willing to fight for right anymore? A string of degrees does not make for a normal person sitting at the judgement seat. We are in big trouble.