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6 Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate

February 7, 2012

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It’s frustrating.

I’m talking about President Obama’s decision to force employers (yes–religious institutions too), to provide health insurance coverage for contraception–including those that cause abortions.

According to The Hill:

“In a piece over the weekend, the Washington Post columnist, a fan of Obama, wrote that the administration ‘utterly botched’ the issue and ‘threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus,’ giving more ammunition to those in the church who aim to derail the new healthcare law.”

The Obama Administration has said it will work on the rules but has not stated that it will back down, despite pressure from christian organizations and the Catholic Church. The bishops estimate that 70 percent of parish priests criticize the HHS rules to their congregations because the mandates do not embrace life according to Natural law.

I thought you would appreciate reading the USCCB’s points listed below. Thanks to Sharon Wilson, Respect Life Coordinator for the Archdiocese, for sending this my way!

USCCB Media Blog

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012

 Six Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate

1. The mandate does not exempt Catholic charities, schools, universities, or hospitals. These institutions are vital to the mission of the Church, but HHS does not deem them “religious employers” worthy of conscience protection, because they do not “serve primarily persons who share the[ir] religious tenets.” HHS denies these organizations religious freedom precisely because their purpose is to serve the common good of society—a purpose that government should encourage, not punish.

2. The mandate forces these institutions and others, against their conscience, to pay for things they consider immoral. Under the mandate, the government forces religious insurers to write policies that violate their beliefs; forces religious employers and schools to sponsor and subsidize coverage that violates their beliefs; and forces religious employees and students to purchase coverage that violates their beliefs.

3. The mandate forces coverage of sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs and devices as well as contraception. Though commonly called the “contraceptive mandate,” HHS’s mandate also forces employers to sponsor and subsidize coverage of sterilization. And, by including all drugs approved by the FDA for use as contraceptives, the HHS mandate includes drugs that can induce abortion, such as “Ella,” a close cousin of the abortion pill RU-486.

4. Catholics of all political persuasions are unified in their opposition to the mandate. Catholics who have long supported this Administration and its healthcare policies have publicly criticized HHS’s decision, including columnists E.J. Dionne, Mark Shields, and Michael Sean Winters; college presidents Father John Jenkins and Arturo Chavez; and Daughter of Charity Sister Carol Keehan, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

5. Many other religious and secular people and groups have spoken out strongly against the mandate. Many recognize this as an assault on the broader principle of religious liberty, even if they disagree with the Church on the underlying moral question. For example, Protestant Christian, Orthodox Christian, and Orthodox Jewish groups–none of which oppose contraception–have issued statements against the decision. The Washington Post, USA Today, N.Y. Daily News, Detroit News, and other secular outlets, columnists, and bloggers have editorialized against it.

6. The federal mandate is much stricter than existing state mandates. HHS chose the narrowest state-level religious exemption as the model for its own. That exemption was drafted by the ACLU and exists in only 3 states (New York, California, Oregon). Even without a religious exemption, religious employers can already avoid the contraceptive mandates in 28 states by self-insuring their prescription drug coverage, dropping that coverage altogether, or opting for regulation under a federal law (ERISA) that pre-empts state law. The HHS mandate closes off all these avenues of relief.

POSTED BY SR. MARY ANN WALSH AT 12:19 PM

You may want to read previous blogs I’ve posted on this issue: http://catholichotdish.com/embracing-life/5-facts-you-didnt-know-about-obamacare/ and http://catholichotdish.com/embracing-life/pay-for-peoples-contraception-no-thanks/

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5 facts you didn’t know about the new health reform law:

August 20, 2011

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1.  All of us will have to pay for women’s contraception          

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  • On August 1, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandated that insurance plans cover contraception. (National Catholic Bioethics Center)
2.  College girls, even at Catholic colleges, are being targeted for free contraception
  • HHS was in such a hurry to mandate free contraception that they WAIVED the standard two-month delay that would have allowed for people’s objections.
  • Why did they do this? Because school starts in August for some girls. Read more here. (www.cardinalnewmansociety.org)
3.  The Amish are exempt from the new health reform law under both the House and Senate bills
  • Some sects are covered by a “religious conscience” exemption, not because they may be opposed to contraception or abortion, but because they object to insurance, and this allows them to opt out of the mandate (Watertown Daily Times).
4. Employers and employees won’t have the freedom to choose a health plan that is in accord with their morals
  • That’s why Cardinal DiNardo and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) want Congress to approve the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. Read the news release here.
  • Contact HHS here by September 30 and let them know that conscience should be protected!
5.  Health plans will have to cover “abortion drugs” such as:
  • Plan B–Which prevents implantation of an embryo
  • Ella–Which can destroy an embryo after it’s implanted (Family Research Council) Both of these drugs destroy life, they do not embrace it!
Do you have any facts to add to the list? If so, put them in the ‘comments’ box below. Thanks!
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Best Charity, City Pages says, is Catholic Charities

July 5, 2011

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Nice to see Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis get the recognition it deserves. This time it was in the annual “Best of” issue of City Pages.

The Twin Cities’ newspaper noted:

As busy as they are trying to pick up after a society that lets people slip through the cracks on a daily basis, they’re just as busy fighting at the Legislature to close up those cracks. At the Capitol, they’re a consistent voice for the most vulnerable, pushing back against punitive anti-immigrant bills and cuts to health care assistance and food stamps. At a time when lawmakers are contemplating tossing what remains of our social safety net in the shredder, Catholic Charities’ work and advocacy are more important than ever.

Read the whole piece at http://www.citypages.com/bestof/2011/award/best-charity-1843989/

 

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