The New York Times offers another reason Obamacare is bad for America:
The Obama administration is examining whether the new health care law can be used to require insurance plans to offer contraceptives and other family planning services to women free of charge.
This requirement grow out of an amendment slipped into the legislation “by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Democrat of Maryland, requiring officials to pay special attention to the ‘unique health needs of women.'” But, the real issue is not the merits (or demerits) of offering contraceptive care, but the requirement that insurance plans offer them.
Shouldn’t private companies be allowed the freedom to decide which benefits they offer while consumers choose the policies which offers the benefits they seek? But, not under the regime created by Obamacare. If a company doesn’t want to offer contraception, well, too bad, the government will be taking their freedom away.
Under the plan, the administration is examining, the federal government could thus require Catholics (and others who oppose contraception on religious grounds) to offer plans which pay for services they oppose on moral grounds, causing many to drop health care coverage altogether.
If private insurers (and by extension private employers buying policies from said insurers) want to cover contraception, that should be their choice, but the state should not require them to do so. And now, the Obama administration is weighing regulations making that choice for them (and depriving others of the choice not to cover contraception).
Another reason to repeal this statist legislation speedily.
The more the public learns about the bill Democrats passed last March, the less we like what’s in it.
NB: Tweaked the post to improve the flow and clarify a point.