The president’s ObamaCare compromise is that Catholic charities don't have to offer contraceptives to their employees through their mandatory healthcare insurance policies. Instead, their insurance companies must provide employees the contraceptives for free. This is not a compromise, but a sleight of hand.
Who does the administration think is going to pay for these contraceptives? If they think the insurance company, out of the goodness of its heart, will pay out of profits, they are gravely mistaken. Instead, when the insurance company quotes a Catholic charity a health insurance policy that excludes free contraceptives, they will knowingly price it at the same rate as that of an institution that must provide contraceptives to its employees. If they are prohibited from charging the Catholic charities the same rate as other institutions and must charge a lower rate, then the insurance companies will pass the costs on to all the non-Catholic-charity policyholders. That means the rest of America must subsidize contraceptives for the workers of Catholic charities.
My friends, let me be the first to say that this is clearly not fair. Most of us have enough problems paying for our own contraceptives. The last thing we need is for ObamaCare to make us pay for the contraceptives of employees of the Catholic charities.
One would have to be blind and completely incoherent not to recognize that somebody has to bear the cost of these contraceptives. If it’s not the Catholic charities it will be the other policyholders, meaning you and I, bearing these costs. So, Mr. President, are you asking the rest of America to pay for your compromise with the Catholic Church? That is not fair. Or are you going to let the insurance companies pass on the cost of the free contraceptives to the Catholic charities through higher premiums for the contraceptive exclusion healthcare policies? That is not a compromise.