It’s about re­li­gious free­dom …

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing “Shift on birth-con­trol cov­er­age gets mixed re­ac­tion,” Modern­health, 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



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