After some lengthy discussion about the Catholic Church’s dismay over the Health and Human Services Department’s ruling that insurance plans must provide free-of-charge contraceptives, a couple things have become abundantly clear.
The first is that, as is often the case with matters even tangentially sexual, certain Catholics have a special set of rules. The crux of their argument against the “contraception mandate” is that Catholic employers will be required to pay for products that frustrate the procreative force of sex, which they (some of them, anyway) consider a grave moral evil1. This line of reasoning surprised me (although it probably shouldn’t have), because Catholics seem to have very little problem indirectly subsidizing other “grave moral evils” – in many states, for example, Catholics are compelled to pay taxes that cover the costs of carrying out death sentences. Presumably, these tax-paying members of the faithful are not held accountable for the actions of the state, which, in the case of the death penalty especially, violate Catholic teaching.
In August 1996, 250 people watched as Kenya’s highest Catholic cleric, Cardinal Maurice Otunga, ceremonially set fire to boxes full of condoms and copies of “safe sex” pamphlets. In the face of the rapidly-mounting African AIDS crisis, the Vatican had responded by saying basically that while HIV and AIDS might be bad, the use of contraceptives was worse — and it will always be impossible to know how many were condemned to die miserable, wasting deaths as a result.
The Catholic Church, which I was baptized into during an event I cannot be expected to remember, is rarely stranger than when it takes up arms against contraceptives. Since Pope Paul VI’s controversial 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitaeespecially,the Catholic hierarchy has been intransigent on the subject of artificial prophylaxis, even when it is clearly the much lesser of two (granting this momentarily for the sake of argument) “evils.”
Rick Santorum made some asinine statements about healthcare. Surprise!
During a town hall in Keene, New Hampshire this morning, Rick Santorum told a mother whose son survived cancer that people with pre-existing conditions should pay more for health care coverage because they make poor health care choices. While specifically exempting the woman’s child from personal blame, Santorum insisted that the sick cost more to insure and insurers should charge them higher premiums:
MOTHER: The comments I heard you make in New Hampshire, comments that you support insurance companies’ right to refuse to insure people with pre-existing conditions and that you also agreed with higher premiums for people who are sick, well my son graduated college and I pray that he gets a good job. Why is it alright for him to possibly be denied health care insurance or have to possibly pay a fee that he would not be able to afford or for a company not to hire him because he was five years old and he had cancer? …
SANTORUM: Insurance works when people who are higher risk end up having to pay more, as they should. In your case, your son obviously did nothing wrong. Obviously there are a lot of other people that increased their health risk that did do things wrong and as a result, it resulted in higher health care costs.
As a person with a pre-existing condition, I’d like to flip Rick Santorum the bird. Continue reading →
There has been so much misinformation, outright lies and mischaracterizations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that I don’t know where to start.
It has become known as “ObamaCare”, thanks to the media, including those on the left and of course, Republican politicians.
I remember the battle for health care reform during the early 90′s when the Clintons took on the issue and failed miserably. It sucked all the oxygen out of Washington, along with the wonderful compromise that President Clinton made that brought us Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. (sarcasm)
When President Obama announced that he was going to pass a health care law early on in his presidency, I thought it was a bad idea. I couldn’t help but picture a similar outcome as the Clinton’s produced. NADA!