by Dr. D ~ February 5th, 2013
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So far most religious organizations including the Catholic Bishops in America are taking their time looking at the new so-called compromise to the HHS contraceptive mandate.
It is supposed to offer a way for religious organization to avoid paying for insurance that provides free contraceptives and free abortion inducing medications to employees.
The following is my initial response to the new compromise. The major question is this:
Who is really going to pay for the separate insurance plans?
The new offer by the administration does not clearly define who is going to pay for it all. Does the government pick up the additional tab? If so then every tax payer in America ends up paying for it.
If the insurance companies are expected to offer the new separate ‘contraceptives only’ plans for nothing then in reality the expenses will be picked up by increasing the costs of all of their other plans including those supplied and paid for by the religious organizations who wish to opt out in the first place. It is pure ignorance or naiveté on the part of this administration to expect insurance companies to pick up the tab without passing on the cost of it to all of their customers.
In final analysis, this new plan really doesn’t change a thing particularly for those organizations who are self insured. I believe that most religious organizations will probably continue on with their lawsuits against the HHS mandate unless the government offers to pick up the tab. *Top