A compromise on contraceptive care

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 4, 2013 - 8:04 PM

Obama offers a funding alternative for faith-based groups.

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arspartzFeb. 4, 13 9:23 PM

How about letting the customers and the insurance companies decide what to cover? Where in the Constitution is the government given the authority to define "health insurance"?

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basia2186Feb. 5, 13 3:25 AM

I don't believe this administration gives a hoot about the constitution. Trying to get more votes is what they are about. All prescription drugs should have a co-pay if the plan requires one. Pandering to the low information, emotional progressives seemed to work. Pretending that birth control is "preventive " medication is ridiculous! Is not insulin a preventive medication? How about prozac? Most prescription drugs are to prevent something! I still have hope that logic will prevail and much of obamacare will be thrown out and replaced with something that makes sense. This godless administration could not care less about, nor respect religious views. Obama's presidency makes a mockery of freedom.

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basia2186Feb. 5, 13 3:31 AM

This is no compromise. This is a bait and switch. Do you think we are so stupid we cannot see baloney? This is equivalent to hiring someone to shoot your spouse instead of doing the deed yourself. Religious leases and organizations can see through your deceit. Hopefully the American voter's sensibilities are coming around too.

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wa0tdaFeb. 5, 13 5:53 AM

It is foolish to assume that the Constitution must contain a reference to every government service or regulation that will ever need to be in place. The genius of the document is its straightforward simplicity.

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windigolakeFeb. 5, 13 6:25 AM

arspartz: "How about letting the customers and the insurance companies decide what to cover? Where in the Constitution is the government given the authority to define "health insurance"?" In the commerce clause. Where in the constitution does it allow you to own an assault rifle? Nowhere. If you're not part of a militia (National Guard), you do not have that right.

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barbjensFeb. 5, 13 6:35 AM

How about letting the customers and the insurance companies decide what to cover? --- BAD idea. Years ago the insurance coverage that my employer provided DID NOT cover mamograms UNLESS cancer was found. That has changed now but it should not be up to the Employer to decide what sort of health coverage is needed.

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barbjensFeb. 5, 13 6:36 AM

How about letting the customers and the insurance companies decide what to cover? --- BAD idea. Years ago the insurance coverage that my employer provided DID NOT cover mamograms UNLESS cancer was found. That has changed now but it should not be up to the Employer to decide what sort of health coverage is needed.

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foneboothFeb. 5, 13 7:15 AM

Let's see, so I am an employer but belong to a religious faith that doesn't believe in using antibiotics. So one of my employees gets pneumonia. And I have the right to interfere with their medication? Or, I am not Catholic and can't afford 10 kids but would really like to cohabit with my spouse on occasion beyond just producing a fetus. Or my wife has an issue with conditions affecting only female reproductive organs that birth control meds can help. And some guy/gal who is the CEO of my job who may not even be in my hometown can dictate treatment? Or I work for Budwweiser, a foreign owned beer company. Who is the CEO? Is he Christian? I really don't know. But he can dictate to me what kind of medications my doctor and I agree to? You people are certifiable..

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yardboyFeb. 5, 13 7:23 AM

It really amazes me how anyone can trust this president & his administration on anything other than spending money that they don't have (yet).

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beebee82Feb. 5, 13 9:19 AM

Freedom of religion does not extend to dictating the medical care of others. If these Christian institutions do not "believe in" contraceptives, they are perfectly free, under the Constitution, to not use them. They are not perfectly free, however, to prevent others from access to them. If they hire from the public and serve the public, they need to be accountable for the same rules as the public.

These religious organizations' attempt to shield their over-reaching control with the Constitution do not have the law or precedent on their side. I wish the Obama administration would have stuck with this fight and carried it through the courts. No doubt it would have been a battle with the Catholic church's vast access to lawyers and billions, but it would have been worth it just to loosen the vice grips this religion has over our allegedly free society.

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