Yesterday, Obama announced a "compromise" regarding the insurance mandate to cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion inducing drugs. What do we need to know about the compromise? Well, first, it makes Planned Parenthood happy. That should be a sign, in and of itself. The White House thoughtfully sent me an email in response to me signing the petition last week. They quoted a few liberal Catholic institutions and Planned Parenthood. Boy, do I feel better now.
The "compromise" will mean those with moral issues against the mandate will not have to cover those items. Their insurance will. What? In the case of the university, the university will not have to cover those items or talk about them. My understanding is that the insurance company will have to contact the consumer directly to offer it. This of course, will cost nothing to the university. Where is that money coming from? Perhaps they will print more.
This is a lot like saying "We are sorry you feel you cannot kill your husband. To compromise, we will no longer mandate that. You will have to pay for the hit man though."
Here are some excellent links regarding this "compromise."
What Compromise? This Policy Leaves Religious Liberty in Peril and Planned Parenthood Smiling. A friend sent me this link, and it has an outstanding point by point analysis on the problems with the "compromise." One of the points is that Obama continues to paint this as a Catholic issue, when it affects all Christians. It also notes it does nothing to protect religious insurers.
What does this resolve? Well, to state the matter bluntly, nothing. At
the end of the day, this “compromise” will resolve the issue only for
those whose conscience can be resolved by an accounting maneuver.
Critics denounce Obama's 'false' compromise on contraception mandate.
“This is a false 'compromise' designed to protect the President's
re-election chances, not to protect the right of conscience,” said
Hannah Smith, senior legal counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious
Bishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty. Public statement from the US Council of Catholic Bishops about the "compromise."
"Our Task Is Far From Over": The Bishops Take On the "Accommodation" An internal letter from the top Bishops.
Find your representative here, and contact them to express your
opposition to this mandate and government intrusion and failure to
follow the Constitution: http://www.mocatholic.org/find-your-legislator/u-s-representatives/
Senator Roy Blunt is the sponsor of the Respect for Rights of Conscience
Act, which would reverse this mandate. Contact him and thank him for
his sponsorship of this bill here: http://blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-roy
Contact Senator McCaskill and ask her to support Senator Blunt in his efforts: http://mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=contact
Contact President Obama and let him know of your disappointment with this mandate (with charity) here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments