Using religion as a sword in the ACA contraception debate

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 30, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Business owners’ beliefs shouldn’t dictate employee health benefits.

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jjsbrwNov. 30, 13 4:51 PM

I love that those raising the biggest stink about the ACA's contraception mandate previously offfered plans the covered birth control. (He didn't know his plan covered it. Rriiiiiigggghhhhtttt.)

redeye12Nov. 30, 13 5:37 PM

The editorial board uses failed logic. They assert equality of equal treatment under the law with the religous freedoms under the 1st amendment. They are not equal. The 1st amendment rights trump equality claims because a benefit, in this case health care, is not a right.

bogie246Nov. 30, 13 6:00 PM

By what authority does the federal government mandate any insurance coverage? The Supreme Court determined the government can tax under the ACA. But demanding private companies offer specific coverages?

albundy74Nov. 30, 13 6:20 PM

"the craft store is an example of the type of employer whose workers may not be able to afford to buy contraception on their own." Really? If you head down to the local gas station you too can own a 6 pack of jimmy hats for $0.75. Yep--75 cents folks. The editorial board misses the obvious once again; if you want separation of church and state it goes both ways. If a couple can't fork over less than a dollar for a night of fun they should re-think their agenda. BTW, 'The Pill' runs $4/month for generics.

pitythefoolsNov. 30, 13 6:29 PM

When my wife was first pregnant she visited a new OBGYN and asked for a sonogram. We should have noticed the crucifix on the wall. He said no, because if he found any abnormalities he wouldn't do anything about it anyway. Obviously we found another OBGYN.

I have no problem with a business not providing contraceptives as a benefit. As long as they are required to tell their customers, so people can decide if they want to patronize that business.

mondaveauNov. 30, 13 6:43 PM

Why is it OK for the Amish to not have to participate in the ACA due to religious beliefs, yet these folks can't even opt out on one aspect? Are their faith based objections more valid than anyone else's? This whole mess stinks of politics.

pitythefoolsNov. 30, 13 6:46 PM

redeye12: "The 1st amendment rights trump equality claims because a benefit, in this case health care, is not a right"

It is a right in every other industrialized Country on earth. Maybe it's time that the US join the 21st Century.

Oh, and health care IS a right for prisoners in the US under the Constitution. I don't think it would be hard for the SCOTUS to interpret it as a right for law abiding citizens.

davehougNov. 30, 13 7:02 PM

I would place a very excellent argument (not sure if pro or con just yet) however, I doubt the US Supreme Court will check this site just to find and follow my excellent argument :)

arspartzNov. 30, 13 7:20 PM

The Supreme Court determined the government can tax under the ACA.

The actual decision was that the ACA was a tax and could not be challenged until someone was required to pay. The court battle is far from over.

redeye12Nov. 30, 13 7:44 PM

pitythefools. What happens in other countries is irrelevant to this debate. We have our own Constitution and laws to govern. Also, you are ascribing positive rights (those that you attain at the cost of others) to the healthcare discussion. Negative rights are those you are born with that don't cost someone else for you to have. Liberals love to entitle and ascribe positive rights. You do not have a right to healthcare. You don't have a right to anything that you can't get without it costing me money.


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