The HHS Mandate: Now It’s Personal.

Breaking out of book-ish mode for a moment to comment on the Health and Human Services mandate to insurers.

As I was reading our Bishop’s letter contained in our church bulletin, strongly urging people to protest the HHS edict which demands that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. No religious exceptions allowed.

It suddenly occurred to me.

We’re Catholic employers. Tom and I. In our little company.

Crap.

Here I was taking on the fight for the Church and then I realized that … duh … we are the Church. So I’ve got to go to my insurance agent and talk about this problem. We’re a tiny business and although we don’t have to provide insurance for our employees we do anyway. It’s the whole “treat them like you’d want to be treated” way to live the faith.

Except now maybe we can’t without violating our consciences.

Think of the irony. One of our employees is a steadfast Democrat and, I think, an atheist. And he’s our best guy and has worked for us for quite a while. If I have to do a work around on his insurance … it will be the first time that the government has forced us to raise religion in our workplace. Nice going, Mr. O.

That’s the gist of it. The rest, with links to a petition and letter writing campaign is here.

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