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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:05 PM

Obama administration offers religious colleges opt-out for contraception rule

Religious universities and other nonprofits may opt out of requirements to provide no-cost contraception through their group health plans following a change announced Friday to President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Nonprofits will not have to "contract, arrange, pay or refer for any contraceptive coverage to which they object on religious grounds," the Department of Health and Human Services announced today in the proposed rule.

At nonprofits that are self-insured, third-party administrators would independently contact all the insured people and offer them no-cost contraception. Those third parties would be compensated for providing the contraception through lower participation fees in the federal health insurance exchanges, which are supposed to be running in all states by 2014 under the new law. At nonprofits that contract an insurer to cover their employees, that insurer will pay for the contraception itself on the assumption that providing contraception will save them money in the long run.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-administration-offers-religious-colleges-opt-contraception-rule-170613896--politics.html

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:15 PM

1. This will finally shut up my far-right Catholic relatives...

Who have gone on and on about Obama's "War on Religious Freedom" and how he is "tramping on our religion", etc.

I swear, they are making it sound like President Obama is forcing birth control pills down women's throats.

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:18 PM

2. Contraception pays for itself many times over.

These religious objections are antiquated and ridiculous.

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:19 PM

3. yet these universities are allowed to provide unlimited viagra & like products

I'm so sick of this shit

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:22 PM

4. Not a problem

If someone wants to go to such a school, they pretty much expect such policies.

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Response to riqster (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:26 PM

5. It is for the employees of those schools, not the students.

And it is an employee benefit, which should be controlled by the employee, not the employer.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:30 PM

8. As I read the announcement, employees get cpverage

Just not obviously paid for by the Fundie idiots.

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Response to riqster (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:44 PM

9. The employer only pays a portion of the insurance premium.

It is the insurance company who pays for the actual coverage for contraceptives. And generally contraceptive coverage or lack of it will not affect the premium. After all the insurance company has a vested interest in people not getting pregnant - they want women to use contraceptives.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:51 PM

10. Exactly, so shouldn't the premiums be higher if contraceptives not provided?

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:49 PM

11. One would think. The bishops would really screech then. RELIGIOUS BIAS!

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:27 PM

6. The Catholic Church will not be satisfied with ONLY Religious Organizations

being exempt. They want all FOR PROFIT, PRIVATE business owners to be exempt. Hey boss, are you CATHOLIC and think I should not use birth control? Will you keep me as your female employee if I keep popping out a baby every two years, and have to pay for labor, delivery, and maternity benifits? Or maybe you would rather go back to the good, old days and only hire MALE employees? Read the writing on the wall, people.

From a Catholic School Graduate.

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:28 PM

7. Employer should not dictate how an employee benefit is used, any more than they can dictate

how an employee spends their salary. Employee benefits are part of their wages.

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