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Government Shouldn't Define 'Church'

fortruth47 Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 8:49 AM
The issue is that it is his belief that is what should be protected. He has a right to his belief and how he spends his money.
ZealousConscript Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 1:02 PM
Your choice. I hope the job you choose is better. Catholic hospitals make about about 15% of our healthcare system, and that number is growing. Are you seriously telling me that every one of their employees is expected to be a Catholic or to support Catholic beliefs? Not to mention the ramifications of public health being determined by private religion.
dahni Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 10:38 AM
I was offered a position with a Catholic University. I would have been required to be a Catholic, or to state that I supported their beliefs. I choose to take a position elsewhere. My choice. Had I decided to work for the University I would have been honest enough to follow their belief structure instead of expecting them to support my beliefs.
ZealousConscript Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 9:17 AM
You are of course correct, and I am uncertain about forcing private companies about providing healthcare. However, what about the employees rights? Do they not have a right to have beliefs of their own, separate from the ideology of their employers. Too often this debate forgets that employees put their money into health insurance as well, and why should an employer make their health decisions for them based on his/her personal religious choice.

Under pressure from religious and conservative groups, the Obama administration has offered another compromise on the issue of birth control coverage within the Affordable Care Act. While exempting churches and some religiously affiliated institutions, such as hospitals and universities, from supplying the coverage, the new proposal calls for their employees to receive stand-alone private insurance policies providing birth control coverage at no cost. Insurance companies will foot the bill, but only the naive can possibly think the cost won't find its way back to the institution in the form of higher health premiums.

Numerous lawsuits filed against this and other portions...