Birth Control Requirement in Obamacare forces Catholics to stop being Catholic

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 19th, 2012

Week in Review

Obamacare was supposed to make things better.  Not worse.  If you liked your current health insurance you were supposed to be able to keep it.  And prices were supposed to fall.  And yet the reality is not quite like this (see Catholic university drops student health insurance, cites ObamaCare posted 5/16/2012 on Fox News).

A Catholic university in Ohio said Tuesday it is being forced to end a student health insurance program over the Obama administration’s contraception mandate and costs associated with other provisions of the health care overhaul.

Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, said it has so far excluded contraceptive services and products from its health insurance policy for students and will not participate in a plan that “requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.”

In its decision to drop coverage, the school cited the contraception mandate, but also a requirement that the maximum coverage amount be increased to $100,000 for policyholders — claiming that would have made premiums skyrocket. A university official told Fox News Radio the students’ basic $600 policy was going to double in cost in the fall and triple  next year and that the school’s insurance provider said the increases were the result of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act…

Students now will likely have to be covered through their parents’ policy, though the school says fewer than 200 of its students had been buying insurance from the university.

By making insures provide everything free to the insured raises the price everyone must pay for those insurance policies.  Especially when they have to cover preexisting conditions.  For if they do why would anyone buy a policy until they are diagnosed with an expensive health problem?  What incentive is there to pay for insurance when you can get the same coverage without paying years of premiums beforehand?

But this is all a moot point I guess if you’re Catholic.  Because for a Catholic to buy a policy they have to give up Catholicism.  For if all policies must include free birth control than everybody has to pay for birth control.  Something Catholics don’t do.  At least when the First Amendment was still in the Constitution.  Where it stated, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”  Before Obamacare removed it.  For making Catholics pay for birth control in their health insurance policy clearly prohibits their free exercise to practice Catholicism.

And if these ‘fewer than 200’ students like their current policy they have a problem.  Because they can’t keep them.  So much for all the promises of Obamacare.  It won’t be cheaper.  You can’t keep what you have.  And if you’re a Catholic you have to stop being a Catholic.  Somehow that just doesn’t seem right.


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