“As it is, the bishops’ agenda seems political as well as moral. They haven’t been able to persuade Catholic women or their partners not to use birth control, so they want the government to do it for them.
And they expect they can strong-arm Mr. Obama in an election year, because Catholics make up about a quarter of the U.S. population. If the bishops got their way, the health of millions of women could be jeopardized and the health reform law could become inoperable. If that is the bishops’ agenda, they should say so.”
“The entire (contraception coverage) ordeal is another reminder of the problem with the United States’ health insurance system that is based on employers providing the insurance. As this newspaper has argued on our editorial pages for years, your boss doesn’t select your homeowners’ insurance or car insurance, and it shouldn’t be selecting which health insurance you purchase. … And it leads to exactly the kind of situation the country is now witnessing with some church employers and church-affiliated employers.”
—Des Moines (Iowa) Register
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