I used to think I was naive to the ways of great thinkers and my pea brain just couldn’t grasp the ever so complex thoughts of my betters. I even had a blog entitled “I think therefore I err”. [Don't go try to find it as it's wrapped into this one now.]
These days I am less naive and realize that just because someone is in a position of power or influence does not indicate that he/she is a better thinker.
Let’s talk about contraception for a second.
E.J. Dionne explains the reasoning behind the latest “olive branch” from this administration to Catholic institutions. (charities/schools)
The vast majority of Americans believe that health insurance should cover contraception. [and....?] At the same time, the Catholic Church has a theological objection to contraception, even if most Catholics (including regular churchgoers) disagree with its position. [and....?] The church insisted that its vast array of charitable, educational and medical institutions should be exempt from the contraception requirement.
The church made a mistake in arguing its case on the grounds of “religious liberty.” By inflating their legitimate desire for accommodation into a liberty claim, the bishops implied that the freedom not to pay for birth control rose to the same level as, say, the freedom to worship or to preach the faith. This led to wild rhetorical excesses, including a comparison of Obama to Hitler and Stalin by one bishop and an analogy between the president’s approach and the Soviet constitution by another.
So the reasoning here is that because most Americans like stuff and most Catholics aren’t real devout and paying for birth control is not stepping on your freedom to preach, that really, Obama has been reasonable. He has tried to balance religious institutions with irreligious or less religious users of health insurance. His latest plan?
Under the new rules, employees who want it [birth control] will be able to get stand-alone coverage from a third party. Some of the costs will be covered by small offsets in the fees insurers will have to pay to participate in the new exchanges where their policies will be on sale. It’s an elegant fix.
So apparently there is a whole new insurance group out there that sells insurance coverage to essentially buy what you want. Can I get insurance for shoes? Either that or these costs are offset in fees that Catholic institutions will have to pay to participate in this new insurance plan for employees to buy birth control.
And this does what??
Yet according to Dionne, bishops should be kissing the ground Obama walks on.
What am I missing? There HAS to be something because people who are actually paid to think can not possibly believe this is a reasonable plan…..can they?
In the meantime, do you suppose all those businesses owned by Christian Scientists get to opt out of providing health insurance altogether and instead just opt for a “fee to offset the cost of insurance” to their employees? LOL
In other news a left leaner discovers that starting a small business involves a hell of a lot of red tape. HT Scott