|Blunt Amendment... *shaking my head*
||[Mar. 1st, 2012|05:00 pm]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
The only thing more depressing than the existence of the Blunt Amendment, is that 45 out of 46 Senate Republicans voted for it. Plus three Democrats.
tl;dr: The Blunt Amendment would allow ANY employer to refuse to cover ANY medical service for ANY "religious or moral" objection.
So, not only can Catholic churches, schools and charities refuse to cover contraception for their employees, but ANY CORPORATION with a Catholic CEO or executive team could refuse to cover contraception. A corporation with a Jehovah's Witness CEO could refuse to cover blood transfusions or organ donations. A corporation with an atheist CEO could refuse to cover any procedure done at a Catholic or Jewish or other religiously-affiliated health facility. A corporation with a Christian Scientist CEO could refuse to cover any medical procedure period.
The Blunt Amendment is stupid, and Republican Senators are stupid for supporting it. Sorry, Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine - even though you're the only Republican who
didn't vote for it voted against it - you're still a Republican, and thus, you are stupid by proxy.
If something is true more than half the time (in this case, the above is true over 97% of the time), then it is no longer a stereotype. It is just statistics.
So, you don't want "church" to be influencing your "state," but what about "state" interferring in "church?" That is a very dangerous line to be blurring here.
Then what would your solution be?
I was hoping they would pass it, the first thing I was going to do under that law was start a movement to refuse elected officials healthcare insurance. We're their employer and as their employer I believe healthcare is against my religion. If they got ill, it's God's will and maybe we should just find a new leader.
Respectfully, it is unconstitutional for the government to FORCE anyone to buy or pay for something they don't want. Also, the Commerce Clause in the Constitution permits the government "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes." Forcing a person or company to pay for health insurance or contraceptives does not fall under that clause, or any other. How is it stupidity to oppose this when the Constitution expressly forbids it?
I'm sorry to have to say this, but where are all the people on the left who used to cry out that you can't legislate morality? They are now trying force their view of "the right thing to do" on everyone. Isn't that legislating morality?
Edited at 2012-03-02 03:03 am (UTC)
Pills that are for contraception are used for more than contraception. They treat many things, these companies and organizations deny them legitimate medical treatments. Even the catholic church officially says birth control pills for cysts/various other medical problems is perfectly OK. However the organizations crying foul about this have been known to deny it even for those reasons.
To give you an example of what the above behavior can cause in a town like where I grew up where the only hospitals available for a few hundred miles were religious ones.
Aunt of mine had a fetus die inside of her and for whatever reason, her body did not purge it. It literally was beginning to rot inside of her. None of the hospitals would treat her, because they said it was an 'abortion', never mind there was no heartbeat, no brain activity and it was literally starting to rot.
It took her so long to find a place that would treat her she was sterile from the damage it did while still stuck inside of her womb.
Yes so what,
The reason this law came to pass is Obama healthcare mandating not just helth care coverage but forcing the church to cover conception which is against catholic doctrine. What next the church has to cover abortion because you are pro choice?
The government has no business forcing itself on the church. It is not ok for the church to interfere with the state but to you it ok it force your views via the state on people of faith is it? Answer me? You would not think twice if we christian try to force our view of morality on society via government mandate but it seems right to have the state to force their views the church because you agree with covering of contraception.
"The Blunt Amendment is stupid, and Republican Senators are stupid for supporting it. Sorry, Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine - even though you're the only Republican who didn't vote for it - you're still a Republican, and thus, you are stupid by proxy."
I thought you were a reasonable man I see I was wrong. I rather be stupid in your eyes for the sake of Liberty.
I am beginning to think that the answer is to scrap the health system as it is... everyone pay for their own health care... and deal with the debt... that way, no one is forced to insure or pay for anything they don't agree with.
Survival of the fittest. Literally.
Edited at 2012-03-02 04:05 am (UTC)
I agree with you Bucktown on all counts. The bill is ridiculous. For people that tout the constitution and are complaining about it, do you realize how many times that paper has been altered and tailored to fit what congress wants? Only when someone does something YOU disagree with you want to hold it like a freedom shield.
As far as the government stepping on religion, I agree that the church should be separate and be able to decide for themselves what they will and will not pay for. I also believe the church should loose ALL government funds and rely on their members for money and loose their tax exemptions.
2012-03-04 11:55 pm (UTC)
Birth Control Hogwash
Ok here one more item that shows covrage of cotraseption is pure political hogwash. . The average cost of Birth Control is arround $15 to $25, $50 if include Planed Parrenthood numbers. I pay the same $24 to $27 for my over the counter Prilosec. Since we talikg about employer supplied insurance, the poor does not factor into the equasion since the poor do not have access to employer provided health insurace. The leaves a lot of midlde class women who can easly afford the preceiption as will as the other cost for reconatioal whoppee (oufit, gas, dinks, covercharge, my place or yours..)
Another problem is how so called free pills add to the cost .
"The minute pills are "free," under insurance, the incentive for drug companies to come up with cheaper versions vanishes. So does their incentive to develop safer, more convenient, malecentered or nonprescription birth control. And by making pills free but not condoms, the government may inadvertently be contributing to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases."
The Real Trouble With the Birth-Control Mandatehttp://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/john.cochrane/research/papers/wsj_health.pdf
Thank you for your comment - and the link! *snugs*
So, just throwing this thought in here because I've been talking about this BS a lot lately but...
Isn't it crazy, all this fuss, because when it comes down to it, (job benefit/provided) insurance is really just a way of dodging taxes. Your employer being able to give you 'leeeetle bit more (money value)' because the healthcare premiums are deducted pre-tax.
Optional 'flex spend' (for health expenses) cards (at least in FL) are also pre-tax, but balances expire at years end, and basically require you to guess how much you'll need.
Bottom line is, what you do with your money (pay) is no one else's business. Paying in benefits instead of money does not entitle you to tell people what/how to do with it. I guess if its too complicated for their morals, then they should pay cash equivalent, and people will just go buy their own XYZ care.
Writing on the wall says that should probably be obvious and something else is probably afoot. (they're setting a precedent for a fast one)
Single Payer would solve all of that... but of course it would raise taxes...