The HHS Mandate: Now it’s Personal.

Oh, you thought the HHS Mandate would only apply to the big Catholic institutions? But what about Catholic small business owners who provide health insurance to their employees? Julie Davis of Happy Catholic, explains the Catch-22 the Mandate willfully creates.

  • Mary

    While I agree with you, I do have to point out that I had a Catholic employer and he did select our health care options by his faith too… unfortunately, it killed my babies and prevented me from having another because he chose not to cover a certain medication that is MOSTLY used for fertility, but in some it helps maintain pregnancy and in yet others, it maintains a proper hormonal balance. If I could have had it before I was pregnant, it would have balanced my blood levels and my baby would not have been in danger, if I could have gotten it as soon as I was pregnant, there was a chance of survival, without the medication… a death sentence.

    I just wanted to point out that it goes both ways. I do believe that the US government has no right to mandate that all insurance has to include abortifacients, abortion services, contraceptives or sterility procedures… these are not health care, they are death care. I also don’t believe that the US government can mandate that all citizens have to purchase health insurance, but that is another issue.

    • Frank Weathers

      Thanks for your comment Mary and for sharing your loss with us here. Your experience points out the salient truth that one size doesn’t fit all.
      Pax Christi.

  • http://happycatholic.blogspot.com Julie D.

    Hi Mary, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will say that it never occurred to me to even check what our healthcare covered because we are a really tiny company and our employees haven’t been of the demographic where contraception came up. Also, we are still mulling all this over, but in talking with my husband about it this morning, I was saying that it wasn’t up to me to mandate contraceptive prohibition to those whose beliefs don’t match mine. As to where one’s insurance gets involved, we’re still mulling.

    And as Frank points out, one size does not fit all. Which is the most important point.

  • Don

    That the bishops backed a health care program regardless of the warnings of dire consequences by numerous commentators is an indication that blind “social justice” and “fairness” ideology prevails over common sense and religious principle among our religious leaders. Two thousand pages of a health care bill written by beaurocratic and ideologically left wing lawyers with input from Marxist-leaning organizations and individuals could not have turned out differently. Did the bishops not know of the Democratic Party’s unflinching support for abortion? On what planet are the bishops stewards of human dignity? If Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Joe Biden, or any Catholic who blatantly defies Church principles votes for a bill supporting aborton, is there no personal consequence? Is there no such thing as excommunication anymore? Not even the threat of it? The complicity of the bishops in supporting either directly or indirectly (by silence) the Democratic platform is a travesty. The bishops chose unwisely, and now Catholic institutions and the unborn will pay for it in both blood and treasure as Catholics “adapt” (the HHS Secretary’s word) or comply with the health care mandates. Goodbye, religious freedom. Hello, governmental control of conscience.

    • Frank Weathers

      It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, brother. Besides, the Church must work through the political systems that God has ordained will administer his temporal creation. As messy as that is, that is God’s way. Don’t give up the ship.

  • Maura

    Mary,
    I’m also so sorry for your loss. I know how horrible it is to lose a baby in pregnancy – babies, actually. But it sounds like you are suggesting that this is your employers fault? “Killed” is a pretty strong word. Doesn’t your doctor recommend your medications, and not your employer? Or are you suggesting that your doctor recommended a medication, and then your employer told you you could not have it?
    If my faith tells me that contraception is wrong, and I do not use contraception myself for this reason – why do I have to pay for someone else’s? Because I employ them? Because I give them a job? I could not. They may do as they wish with their money, not mine. So that means that I will not be able to employ them, and my small business will close. I will lose my means of living, and all those I employ will as well. Because of my religion.
    Is that fair? You may disagree with my belief, but are you willing to tell me that I am not allowed to have it? That I am not free to believe as I do, and that I have to believe as you do? Is that where we are? We’re talking about believing that life should happen according to God’s plan, naturally. That women shouldn’t have to take a class one carcinogen (as rated by the World Health Organization) as a matter of course for “reproductive health”. There are so many things wrong with this, and yet we all just get in line.
    I pray that the Church will stand strong against this.


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