A blind man could see this coming. From Yahoo - 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.
After the Obama administration first announced the mandate, colleges associated with Protestant churches and schools founded as expressly Christian institutions fought for exemptions, warning that the mandate could force them to deny health insurance to students who rely on the school's health care plans.
Here's the bottom line. Thanks to the Obama administration's stupid decision, a lot of people will have their health care dropped. Religious organizations will not violate their beliefs. Do not ask them to do so. They will shut down before giving in, just as many adoption agencies did because of gay adoption policies in Massachusetts. If you want these people covered with any health coverage, then you better tell Obama to reverse the policy period. The choices aren't to cover contraceptives or not. The choice is health coverage period or not. By picking that culture war fight, everybody loses.
In addition, how many hospitals are religious-run. In Michigan, a large number of hospitals are Catholic owned. Providence is one of the biggest in neighboring Oakland County. Is this the first step to mandate abortion coverage? Yes, I know about the Hyde Amendment, but with Obamacare on the horizon, what's in store now?
I shouldn't expect anything less from the Peter Principle in Chief.