Semantics in religion and law
I’m still scratching my head over the furor with Pres. Obama and the Catholic Church about providing contraception for employees. As I understand it, the edict from Washington originally said all Catholic institutions had to cover/pay for/provide contraception for female employees. Church leaders and others had a fit about Obama’s “war on religion.” Obama came back a few days later with a new edict saying insurance companies, not the Catholic institutions, had to provide the contraceptives directly.
First of all, how many of those institutions are actually self-insured? I’ll bet most of them, all along, have provided employee insurance via a plan from some big insurance company. So isn’t it just a matter of semantics whether the law says “the employer” must provide the coverage or “the insurance company” must provide the coverage? In any case, it’s a matter of labor law, not a “war on religion.” Employees are not being forced to obtain contraceptives if they don’t want them.
As for the insurance companies providing the contraceptives directly, I’m sure the reports mean to say the companies will provide the coverage for contraceptives, not actually hand out the contraceptives.
Sheesh, someone please tell conservatives there is a middle ground between everyday calm and hysteria. A temporary policy disagreement is not a “war on religion” or “class warfare.”
On the other hand, there is that right-wing “war on women” …
- Obama “accommodation”: Insurers must cover contraception at no cost to … anyone? (hotair.com)
- White House’s Revised Contraceptive Proposal Unlikely To Satisfy Critics (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Obama Administration Reaffirms Contraception Access for All Women (yubanet.com)
- Does Obama’s Contraceptive Compromise Go Far Enough? (usnews.com)
- Obama Alters Birth Control Policy (alan.com)
- The Contraception First Amendment Fight Is Not About Freedom of Religion (my.firedoglake.com)
- The Birth Control Compromise: What You Need To Know (clutchmagonline.com)
- Obama tweaks birth control rule – USA TODAY (content.usatoday.com)