Obama Administration’s “Compromise” On Contraception Mandate Is No Compromise At All

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With several lawsuits challenging the mandate stalled awaiting the White House’s clarification of how they’ll apply a contraception coverage mandate to faith-based employers, the Obama administration announced today a “compromise” which doesn’t really seem like a compromise at all.

In fact, it kind of seems like President Obama thinks we’re stupid.

Under this proposal, objecting nonprofits will be allowed to offer employees a plan that does not cover contraceptives. Their health insurer will then automatically enroll employees in a separate individual policy, which only covers contraceptives, at no cost. This policy would stand apart from the employer’s larger benefit package.

The faith-based employer would not “have to contract, arrange, pay or refer for any contraceptive coverage to which they object on religious grounds.”

“Is it really credible that health insurers won’t simply boost the prices of their non-contraceptive policies to cover the “no-cost” contraception coverage?” asks Reason’s Ronald Bailey.

Well, no, it’s not credible at all. Insurance companies aren’t really going to provide this coverage for free. They’re going to build the cost of providing the coverage into the cost of the policies employers must buy (making those policies more expensive, another reason why the “Affordable Care Act” makes insurance less affordable). This isn’t a compromise, it’s a bait and switch.

The Obama administration is rolling the dice on the courts falling for this ruse, and maybe they will, but consider this: We now have the government ordering private businesses to provide services for free.

But remember, this totally isn’t a take over of health insurance or anything.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • sbark

    Thats the whole point of Liberalism…….they think people are stupid, too stupid to do anything, make any decisions……..for themselves
    That is the reason they think the public and courts will fall for this shell game movement

  • Guest

    Except it is credible as contraceptives can lower costs via preventing the cost of covering of any unplanned pregnancy. One study even found that not providing such protection actually increased the cost to insurers by 15%. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/CPSW-testimony.pdf

    Of course facts have never stood in the way of Rob from citing unfounded, imaginary objections to criticize the President.

    The religious objection to the mandate is laughably weak, legally speaking, as laws can have a substantial effect on religious practice so long as the law isn’t religiously inspired and has a secular purpose to regulate conduct generally, something that’s obviously true of a universal health care mandate. The administration has done much more than is constitutionally necessary to accomodate these objections, but of course nothing will ever please hacks lack Rob from always finding something to complain about, even if they have to make it up.

    • two_amber_lamps

      So tell us Mr. Gusty… why do you impersonate 5 year old girls on area hockey blogs? Seems a little creepy… even for a self-absorbed blog-stalker such as yourself….

      • Guest

        For the same reason two_amber_lamps posts smart and insightful comments: it doesn’t happen. I saw you outside today!

        http://images.sodahead.com/polls/002819405/bk_drive_thru_scooter4_answer_1_xlarge.jpeg

        • two_amber_lamps

          But the questions still stands… why do you creepily impersonate 5 year old girls on area hockey forums?

          • Guest

            For the same reason two_amber_lamps posts smart and insightful comments, duh!

            Lookin’ corpulent out there, fat b*tch!

            http://images.sodahead.com/polls/002819405/bk_drive_thru_scooter4_answer_1_xlarge.jpeg

          • two_amber_lamps

            I don’t think your mom really cares for you to be spreading her more “attractive” photos all over the interwebz… (puke)

            So tell us, why do you creepily impersonate 5 year old girls on area hockey forums?

          • Guest

            For the same reason two_amber_lamps posts smart and insightful comments, duh!

            So tell us, what did you order from Burger King today that was so tempting you would momentarily get off your fat ass onto your rascal? http://images.sodahead.com/polls/002819405/bk_drive_thru_scooter4_answer_1_xlarge.jpeg

          • two_amber_lamps

            I don’t think your mom really cares for you to be spreading her more “attractive” photos all over the interwebz… (puke)

            So tell us, DO TELL US! Why do you creepily impersonate 5 year old girls on area hockey forums? Do you derive some sort of gratification from it or what else could possibly be your motivation?

            Please, clear the air and put this gaping hole in your credibility to rest.

            Or don’t…. DERP!

          • Guest

            For the same reason two_amber_lamps is known for posting such smart and insightful coments, duh!

            So tell us, DO TELL US! What did you order from Burger King today that was so tempting you would momentarily get off your fat ass onto your rascal? http://images.sodahead.com/polls/002819405/bk_drive_thru_scooter4_answer_1_xlarge.jpeg

            Please, clear the air (your stench is putrid) and tell us what you put in the gaping mouth or yours.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Lol… Gusty, you’re like school in summertime…. NO CLASS!!

            BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!

            Oh we lament the fact that Mr. Gusty will not tell us why he indulges in impersonating 5 year old innocent girls on local area hockey blogs. Frankly I’ve been trying to give you the benefit of the doubt and explain yourself, but alas I’m beginning to believe you’re just another bent leftist with sick predilections. Why else would you continually evade the topic and manufacture silly narratives to distract us?

          • Guest

            Lol, fat b*tch, it’s like your a pathetic fat ass who instead of doing the right thing and killing herself, has chosen an equivalent fate by just posting pathetic insults on a small blog.

            Oh we won’t lament that such a fat c*nt has chosen such a fate, for it’s much better than her inflicting her horrifing figure to the public. Why else would you continually waste all your time on such ends?

            So tell us, DO TELL US! What did you order from Burger King today that was so tempting you would momentarily get off your fat ass onto your rascal?

            http://images.sodahead.com/polls/002819405/bk_drive_thru_scooter4_answer_1_xlarge.jpeg

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