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InsiderOnline Blog: February 2012

An Accounting Trick

The Obama administration’s “accommodation” on requiring religious organizations to cover contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in employee health plans is little more than an accounting trick, says a new petition signed by 300 scholars and leaders:

The administration will now require that all insurance plans cover (“cost free”) these same products and services. Once a religiously-affiliated (or believing individual) employer purchases insurance (as it must, by law), the insurance company will then contact the insured employees to advise them that the terms of the policy include coverage for these objectionable things. […]

It is morally obtuse for the administration to suggest (as it does) that this is a meaningful accommodation of religious liberty because the insurance company will be the one to inform the employee that she is entitled to the embryo-destroying “five day after pill” pursuant to the insurance contract purchased by the religious employer. It does not matter who explains the terms of the policy purchased by the religiously affiliated or observant employer. What matters is what services the policy covers.

The simple fact is that the Obama administration is compelling religious people and institutions who are employers to purchase a health insurance contract that provides abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization.

As the title of the petition indicates, the accommodation is “Unacceptable.”

Posted on 02/17/12 12:10 PM by Alex Adrianson

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