It’s about religious freedom …
Regarding “Shift on birth-control coverage gets mixed reaction,” Modernhealth care.com, Feb. 10: this is a First Amendment rights issue and not a woman’s choice or woman’s healthcare issue. This is the government interfering with religious rights and religious freedoms.
Secondly, what most folks, including the president and his advisers, don’t realize or understand is that many Catholic hospitals and other religious facilities and many companies selffund their employees’ healthcare benefits. Placing costs of contraception, abortions and prescriptions on the insurance carrier isn’t an option since the company self-funds their benefits, which means that the company would be responsible to pay even if it was against their religion or moral beliefs.
If President Barack Obama excludes the mandates from applying to the self-funded organizations and companies, then it will work. If not, Catholics and other religious organizations and company owners need to let our government know that this is not a solution or resolution to either problem, especially for religious freedom.
Jean Rice President and CEO Action Healthcare Management