Because that's essentially what's going on. Aside from the few cases where the Pill is prescribed to help control a truly medical condition, forcing people to pay for others' condoms IS forcing them to subsidize others' sexual activities.
Originally Posted by Lulu
Right, they formed an insurance company to serve their own members, not everyone in the world.
The only time the Catholic church is mandated to pay for anything they don't "agree" with is if they also own the insurance company.
That's irrelevent when it comes to the First Amendment. The Church has always been clearly against birth control, a stance I don't agree with but do agree that forcing them to subsidize it also forces them to violate their religious beliefs.
That brings the church into the realm of private business, but no need to go into that. Do not forget that the person is paying half their premium, all of their deductible and all of their co-pays. They deserve to have a say in their healthcare and medicine too because THEY ARE PAYING FOR IT. Since 98% of Catholics have used birth control, I'd say the Church is well behind the times here.
I've already said I disagree with the Catholic Church on this issue, but I do believe that if this power grab is allowed to stand, there will be no Constitutional protection against, say food providers being forced buy and give away food they abhor. All in the name of health care, you know. There will be further restrictions on the things we're allowed to do, buy, consume, etc.
And quite frankly if the Catholic Church can't catch up with the rest of society regarding birth control, I think I'll err on the side of women when it comes to this particular issue.
No kidding. They probably won't ever recover from that.
They (the Church) may have more credibility on this issue IF they weren't currently paying off lawsuits for child abuse.
What you are describing is the ideal, a voluntary exercise in association. I can choose to support a church with my money, but if I don't agree with something they're doing, I can choose to NOT support it. Under Oh-crap! care, I no longer have that choice.
So do people who pay their tithes get to dictate that the Church not use this money to pay settlements? No. They don't. Tithes or premiums can be expected to go into a pool and you won't always agree with everything that money is spent although you support the cause. That is life.
Now, does anyone remember Obama swearing up and down that you can keep the insurance you already have and want under his health-care plan? This whole episode represents a massive "screw you" from Obama to the people who believed him.
The ambassador died, Obama lied.