An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”
This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.
HHS has proposed an additional “accommodation” for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as “non-exempt.” That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation “to pay for contraception” and “to be a vehicle to get contraception.” They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.
USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.
Honestly, I don’t think Biden knows any facts….just what he’s told, and what he’s told are bald face lies which he, and the administration repeat over and over and over. Apparently, they learned their tactics from the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, forcing Obama “doctrine on the people and controlling public opinion“.
ObamaCare is a forced tax, especially on the middle class, and a complete violation of our 1st Amendment. But that doesn’t matter to BO & Co. Not only has it NOT lowered insurance premiums, it has already raised them an average of $2500, and will increase them even more when it goes into full affect! More people will actually be going WITHOUT health care insurance BECAUSE of ObamaCare. But that doesn’t matter…as long as Obama gets the population under his thumb.