Taking heat all week for their decision to force Catholic employers to provide, free of charge, contraceptives and sterilization procedures to their employees, the White House trotted out Celia Munoz in the hopes of smoothing things over. From the White House blog:
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance plans will cover women’s preventive services, including contraception, without charging a co-pay or deductible beginning in August, 2012. This new law will save money for millions of Americans. But more importantly, it will ensure Americans nationwide get the high-quality care they need to stay healthy. Under this policy, women who want contraception will have access to it through their insurance without paying a co-pay or deductible.
These economic illiterates that have infested the White House like vermin have yet to adequately explain to anyone how offering a "free" good or servie will make the overall cost of healthcare go down. Someone is paying for that good or service. Oh, that's right - that someone is you paying for someone else's entirely elective procedure in the form of higher premiums. So, again, where is the money saved?
And lest you think they are heartless bastards for "forcing" Catholic employers to provide free birth control pills and what not, just check out the compassion oozing forth:
•No individual health care provider will be forced to prescribe contraception: The President and this Administration have previously and continue to express strong support for existing conscience protections. For example, no Catholic doctor is forced to write a prescription for contraception.
• No individual will be forced to buy or use contraception: This rule only applies to what insurance companies cover. Under this policy, women who want contraception will have access to it through their insurance without paying a co-pay or deductible. But no one will be forced to buy or use contraception.
Well, color us relieved. Relieved that no one is going to have their jaws wired open for forced injestion of the pill and relieved that any deemed undesirables are not going to be spirited off in the dead of night to an undisclosed location for any forced sterilization procedures. We feel so much better now. Thanks for the clarification, Celia.
We're that we were not forced to be subjected to this entire ObamaCare debacle in the first place.