In an election-year decision certain to disappoint religious conservatives, the Obama administration announced Friday that church-affiliated institutions will get only one additional year to meet a new rule to cover birth control free of charge.
There will be no exemption for religious organization such as Catholic schools and hospitals to provide contraception coverage to all female employees but churches are exempt because they are considered a "religious employer". The only difference is that they will be given extra time to comply.
As stated on ABC:
Churches and other houses of worship – “religious employers” – have been and remain exempt from the new rules, administration officials said. But Keehan and other Catholic leaders have warned that Catholic colleges, universities, hospitals and charitable organizations do not qualify.
“The challenge that these regulations posed for many groups remains unresolved. This indicates the need for an effective national conversation on the appropriate conscience protections in our pluralistic country, which has always respected the role of religions.”
Not only is this just another example of government overreach, but it is poor economics. These contraceptives are not free. The cost for providing the service comes from somewhere and that is from the employer. It is a hidden tax of doing business. The costs involved in hiring an individual go up with every mandate that is placed on the business. And this kind of a mandate, may, in turn make it more expensive to hire a woman if it is mandated that those women receive extra coverage to their health care. It may create an unintended consequence where employers shy away from hiring women to save on health care costs.
The government may think they are doing a service but are harming the small business owners that are making a profit.
That is just the economics of it.
The obvious problem with this law is that it infringes on the rights of organizations to practice their religious liberties to not be involved with contraception. It is clear that this administration is not sensitive to the beliefs many hold.