Skip to comments.Poll: Most Americans Say Employers Should Cover Contraception
Posted on 12/04/2012 8:34:51 AM PST by marshmallow
(RNS) Most Americans say that employers -- even religious ones -- should provide birth control coverage to their employees, according to a survey released on Monday (Dec. 3).
The poll by LifeWay Research also showed that almost two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) believe businesses should be required to provide the coverage for free, even if contraception conflicts with the owners religious ethics.
As part of the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health care reform law, President Obama issued regulations that require most employers, including some religious ones like Catholic colleges and hospitals, to provide birth control coverage. The administration has said it may expand the policy to accommodate additional religious organizations.
In the meantime, however, dozens of Catholic dioceses, as well as Christian colleges and business owners who oppose contraception on moral or religious grounds, have sued to block the mandate from taking effect.
Last Wednesday (Nov. 28), a federal appeals court in St. Louis sided with a Catholic business owner by issuing a temporary injunction temporarily halting the mandate. Federal judges in Michigan and Denver have also issued temporary injunctions blocking the mandate, according to Reuters.
Most Americans, however, believe that businesses (63 percent), nonprofit organizations (56 percent) and even Catholic and other religious schools, hospitals and charities (53 percent) should provide free birth control coverage to employees.
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I don’t recall being asked.
Same here and who knows how this was push polled.
Should is a value judgment
Should they be forced by the state to provide, with strict penalty and possible prison time for failure to do so. See how it works out
Oh, I see...
This must be the part of The Constitution that says “You can do whatever you want and ignore the rest of this document if the polling is in your favor”
How about a annual pass to disneyland same thing sex is like going to an amusement park
probably 75% of those polled think “business” should give “free” ponies to anyone who wants one too
maybe question should be “How much are you willing to pay for someone elses’ birth control”?
Every product or service has an intrinsic cost of implementation. If I were an employer and were asked to provide a benefit for free, I would have to reply that I could but that I would not be able to give anyone a raise for the next ten years.
The left has transformed the population of the US into a bunch of Zombies who always wants the other guy to pay his share of the taxes and the expenses of life.
Most of America worships at the altar of Sex... they want to have their god honored..
does this mean I can get my Dr. to write a script for condoms?
It doesn’t matter. A republic was instituted to protect the individual from the whims of “most” others.
RNS coverage by Daniel Burke
Burke does not discuss the method or question agenda of “LifeWay Research” or who was the sponsor of this poll. Worse yet seems accept results unquestioningly.
Who is Burke? What is Life Way Research? Why is it being reported this way by RNS ?
Check for Dem affiliation.
Arrest anyone in Kraft who doesn't give up free Jello Pudding Cups!
What part does a business have with a persons reproductive functions? Should the employee have to ask their boss if they can have sex?
My what a tangled web they weave when they practice to decieve. Why doesn’t the government just come out and tell us that they want our family lines ended?
Life Way seems to be a leftist site, providing “modern insights”.
We’re in the age of free stuff.
Romney promised jobs and a pro-business agenda.
The Marxist Community Agitator promised higher taxes, bigger government, and more free stuff, not to mention the full implementation of Obamacare.
Clearly this isn’t our country anymore. As a Californian, I was hoping and praying the REST of the country would learn from my state’s mistakes-—if not California’s mistakes and misguided policies, than at least bankrupt Europe.
But no, that was not meant to be. Obama would have won both in 2008 and in 2012 WITHOUT California’s electoral votes. So it’s not just my state that is screwed up. Obama won 25 other states.
If you guys think CA is screwed up, Washington is even more bankrupt. CA has $167 billion in debt outstanding. Our national debt is over $16 trillion-—more like $100 trillion when unfunded liabilities such as Social Security and Medicare are tossed into the mix.
We are kidding ourselves if we still think this is somehow a “center-right” nation.
We are deluding ourselves if we think the the Fed can bail us out of our ruinous deficit spending——tha nation is ALREADY effectively bankrupt. Period!!!!
We are really deluding ourselves if we still think we are a superpower as well. Romney accurately pointed out in the final presidential debate the true size of our navy, and nuclear deterrent and conventional forces are no longer nearly what they used to be. And of course, you now have the liberals doing their social enginerring in thing in the military-—getting rid of don’t ask don’t tell, and even allowing same sex marriages being performed on military installations. The whole thing is quite pathetic.
This is no longer the country I once knew. It’s over. Looks like the House GOP is going to cave on taxes as well. We are going to be taxed to death. Here in CA the voters just passed Prop 30 which raises taxes. The Dems have supermajorities in the state legislature and can now raise taxes without GOP legislators or even new ballot measures. Obamacare is kicking in with at least 20 BRAND NEW TAXES alone contained that piece of crap——and of course the GWB tax cuts will be expiring in just weeks. Add it all up HUGE in enormous tax hikes are on the way.
These times demand strong action. Mass democracy has proven to be an enormous failure as the masses will just vote themselves more public largesse at other people’s expense. We need to go back to being a LIMITED GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. I don’t think EVERYONE should have the right to vote. Should a person who collects welfare, owns no property, owns no businesses, no shares of stock, pays no taxes be permitted to vote in a federal election?
Something is TERRIBLY wrong in this country. Not the country I grew up in. This is a bankrupt obamanation pure and simple.
Thinking about this, aren’t there thousands of businesses who ONLY offer a paycheck as compensation?
Does a company/business HAVE to offer more than that?
One can only hope that if asked “Should the cost of providing contraceptives to everyone be factored in to your hourly wage?” less than 63% of respondents would say “Yes.”
Just change the question and watch that 63 percent drop fast!
Would you except the Government assigning a person to you that you would be required to pay out of your pocket fro the contraception every year?
The vast majority I would wager would say NO FRIGGIN WAY.
Employers should fire most Americans.
The only way a employer should have to cover Contraception for his Employees is if that Employer is running a whore house.
Since when is an employer responsible for anyone’s sex life.
If he isn’t the one doing the sex with her why should he pay for her contraception?
The world is going frickin nuts.Everybody feels entitled to a freebie.
OH, and yes, I was being sarcastic.
Most employers disagree?
This is so far outside the line of acceptable government actions that I cannot comprehend how anyone could favor this mandate. To compel a person to violate core religious beliefs is an act of pure evil. Apparently, that is also part of the Dem party line.
Polls are fixed and designed to drive public opinion of the Sheeple.
I’ll see your condom and raise you a lap dance.
Let’s see: My body, MY choice ....
but YOU, the taxpayer, have to subsidize those choices, because, well, uh, I’d rather spend the money on a new Coach bag, cigs, and a new set of gel nails.
I don’t recall being asked. But since it’s out there now:
I have no problem with employers paying for contraception coverage... so long as employers can ask you about your religious views on the subject and make their own decision IF they, as an employer, will provide said coverage.
You go to work for a business owned by a Catholic, you shouldn’t expect the owners to violate their beliefs to provide you with contraception. If they CHOOSE to provide said coverage, it is their decision.
How about a compromise?
Any employer that pays for contraception is off the hook from paying for abortion and/or pregnancy (at their discretion).
It’s easier to keep from getting pregnant or getting someone else pregnant than it is to keep from catching the common cold.
Where is the self control in these pathetic animals? I say animals, because humans are not supposed to be slave to their hormones.
You don’t want to have a child, then don’t indulge in what makes them. Idiots!
Good thing we don’t live in a democracy. In a republic, the majority doesn’t get to impose it’s will if it violates the Constitution.
Back in the day, my OLD employer had a set way for these things: fire everyone, and have them apply for the jobs again. Like musical chairs.
Well, I’ll say this.
If people don’t make a stand now, then there will not be anything left to stand for.
Sure, why not? Employers and “the rich” should pay for everything. If a middle class person wants something but doesn’t have the income to pay for it, then employers and the rich should. This type of response has nothing to do with religion or moral issues. It has everything to do with people being conditioned for 80+ years of the Welfare State that someone else should pay for things that the people want.
So sad the way people are polled. A better question would be: "Would you be willing only to work for employers who offer free birth control".
Better to poll people on how they will conduct their lives in light of their personal beliefs rather than polling how to impose their opinion on others.
Very true. Which is why we’ll be offering our vetting and other services to rightwing businesses and causes.
Knowing who and what you’re dealing with is more important than ever.
Never realized those 70 million post-menopausal women were so adamant on the issue. /sarc
so, all that talk about “keeping the gov’t out of my bedroom” appears to not apply when it comes to “free” birth control. what a surprize.
I don’t believe this poll.
Sure, why not? Employers and the rich should pay for everything. If a middle class person wants something but doesnt have the income to pay for it, then employers and the rich should. This type of response has nothing to do with religion or moral issues. It has everything to do with people being conditioned for 80+ years of the Welfare State that someone else should pay for things that the people want.
Righteo. And don’t forget how IMPORTANT it is to eliminate all the healthcare and other “disparities” between the rich and the poor. Can’t be having any of that.
As an employer, I really don't want my female employees getting pregnant. I have to make special accommodations for them, put up with employees chit chatting about pregnancy, and hire more expensive temps and pay other employees overtime to cover for them while they're sick, at doctors appointments, or out on maternity leave. And that's before we even get to the hit that I'm going to take when my health care costs go up due to increased utilization.
Economically, the best workforce is one that never gets sick or pregnant. I provide health care and contraception to my employees to try and make that happen...but no employer should ever be FORCED to provide anything but a paycheck.
So compromise means capitulation? No.
“As an employer, I really don’t want my female employees getting pregnant. I have to make special accommodations for them, put up with employees chit chatting about pregnancy, and hire more expensive temps and pay other employees overtime to cover for them while they’re sick, at doctors appointments, or out on maternity leave. And that’s before we even get to the hit that I’m going to take when my health care costs go up due to increased utilization.”
Incredibly shortsighted. May I ask what kind of business you run?
Sick and pregnant employees reduce productivity. Reduced productivity means reduced profit. Reduced profit, in a margin tight field like mine, is to be avoided at all costs.
Financially, it makes sense to keep my employees healthy and NOT pregnant. Both of those things cost me money. Since you can't legally fire people for getting sick or pregnant, preventing it is the next best thing.
Rising healthcare costs have made the argument a bit more tenuous, but it still stands. Being in tech, my aggregate overtime costs can approach $100 per hour per employee, and temp consultants usually cost me between $100 and $120 an hour. If someone is out sick or on maternity leave, I HAVE to pay someone else to cover their work. The cost of insuring all of my employees for a year is LESS than the cost of me bringing in consultants for 6 weeks to cover ONE employee being out on maternity leave.
So yeah, we offer contraceptive coverage. And encourage its use.
Still, nobody should be forced to offer it if they don't want. It makes sense for me, and in my experience makes sense for most businesses. I'd never expect a religiously based organization to offer it, and they should never be required to. NOBODY should be required to.
Most americans are socialist then, that explains why Obomer stayed in.