Another question. Do churches have to provide coverage under the new law? Our church does not provide health insurance for its employees. They all get their insurance through Blue Cross Blue sheld for individuals. Could not a church or company that objected to BC not provide insurance and then pay the $2,000 tax?
If the Catholic church was saying that you could not use BC at all if work for them I think that is an infringement of rights. I just cannot see it as an infringement of rights if you have to pay for it yourself, I think having personal rights comes with personal responsibility.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
You do pay for your own birth control, by paying your own insurance premiums. Again, I don't know anybody who gets their benefits for free, not even my teacher husband. Sure, his are cheaper than mine, but he also gets paid less, which goes back to what I was talking about how employers factor in cost of benefits in your total compensation packet. If your insurance is part of your pay for working there, I consider it as much yours as the money in your paycheck. It's not a gift.
Freedom of religion is for people, not corporations and other inanimate entitites. Joe Blow as a person has the right to express his religious freedoms, but Joe Blow's business can't go to church or read a bible and has no business in the pants of its employees. Same with the Catholic Church and all other churches; they are groups of individual people who have the right to religious freedoms, but the group itself is not a person and has no such right. As an employer, it must abide by the law that all other employers must abide, and allow its employees to exercise their own religious freedoms and health care decisions for themselves.
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Livestock generates 65% of all human-related nitrous oxide, which is 296 times more warming to the environment than carbon dioxide; 37% of all human-related methane, which 23 times as warming as CO2; and 64 percent of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid rain.
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Morning after pill is included in the mandate. Religious employers are currently exempt for additional review as well as "safe harbor employers" but that list is small. Even those that you think are religious employers may not qualify.
The thing is BC is used for other purposes besides family planning. Medical purposes and should be covered.
Alyssa, I get what you are saying. It is actually one of my biggest issues with our current insurance systems. I think for the money I pay in I should have more of a say in my health care choices. I am a big fan of HSAs for this reason. I just do not see the issue in paying for BC, I have been paying for it for years, even with pretty good health insurance.
I just keep going back to the idea that everyone has a choice, and if you choose to work for an employer that does not cover BC then you have to pay for it yourself.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson