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Posted on 02/21/2012 7:54:45 PM PST by Steelfish
Not Just A Catholic Controversy: Protestant Colleges Threaten To Drop Student Health Care Over Contraceptive Mandate By Chris Moody | The Ticket
On a chilly winter day earlier this month, 120 college presidents--mostly of Protestant schools--from around the country met in Washington for an annual meeting sponsored by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, a group that represents 136 American schools and more than 400,000 students.
One topic kept coming up in the discussions: How to combat President Barack Obama's proposed mandate for religious employers to provide health insurance that offers free contraception, a decision that would affect all of their institutions--and could violate some of their deepest-held beliefs.
During the conference, 25 of the presidents held a separate policy meeting to discuss the proposed directive, which was first established in the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and was upheld this year by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The mandate, later softened by the Obama administration, would have required non-church religious institutions like schools and hospitals to offer health insurance plans that include free access to contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. Many of these presidents made trips to the offices of their representatives to urge them to fight against the decision.
Much of the news coverage of the battle over the contraception mandate focused on the outcry from the Catholic Church, but employers affiliated with Protestant denominations--especially religious colleges who offer insurance plans to students--waged an equally outspoken crusade against the decision.
A coalition of more than 60 faith-based groups co-signed a letter to President Obama in December urging him to broaden exemptions to the mandate, and the council's president, Paul Corts, twice sent letters to the administration urging them to reconsider.
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Want to know why health insurance is so expensive? For the past 30 years government has mandated insurance company’s cover so much crap that should be paid for by the patient that causes premiums to go sky high....pay for your own BC ladies and men pay for your own viagra...its not my problem you need them...if people could choose which things they want covered by their insurance and which things they don’t want covered, with premiums adjusted for your coverage, some premiums would drop like a brick...
What about Mooslim institutions?
probably got a get out of jail free card from the president..