Americans United Would Deny Health Insurance to Employees of Catholics
Thomas Monaghan, faithful Roman Catholic owner of Domino’s Pizza and pro-life activist, has sued the federal government over the contraception mandate. Americans United for Separation of Church and State is determined to force Catholic employers across the country to bow the knee to the Washington Ba’al, and apparently hasn’t given a thought to the possible consequences:
Americans United has filed a friend-of-the-court brief telling a federal appeals court that the owner of a Michigan-based office park does not have a religious liberty right to deny his employees contraception coverage.
Domino’s Farms Office Park, a secular, for-profit company that manages business space in Ann Arbor, has argued that the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate violates owner Thomas Monaghan’s religious freedom rights.
Americans United and its allies say this argument is flawed. They assert that Monaghan’s individual freedom to exercise his religious beliefs is not impeded by his employees’ purchase of comprehensive, third-party insurance.
This is either a lie or gross ignorance. If Monaghan’s employees are “purchasing” health insurance out of their own income, then of course he would have no reason to complain about the mandate. AU knows full well that the issue is about Monaghan purchasing insurance on his employees’ behalf, and the government forcing him to pay for something (contraception) that he and his billion-member church believe is immoral.
“No corporation should ever be able to tell its employees that they can’t have access to contraceptive coverage simply because it offends the boss’ religious preference,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director.
This is simply a lie. Neither Monaghan nor any other employee that has come forward with religious objections to the mandate is seeking to deny their employees anything. They are simply claiming the right to not have their conscience be violated by being forced to pay for it.
“This is clearly one of the most important church-state conflicts now before our courts,” Lynn added. “The Constitution and common sense tell us that Americans should not be denied basic health coverage because of the bogus ‘conscience’ claims of business interests.”
Yes, well. What apparently hasn’t occurred to Lynn is that Monaghan could, if he chose, simply stop offering health insurance coverage to his employees. He can pay the Obamacare fine–but not for at least a year, and at a cost significantly lower than buying them insurance–and tell his employees that since the federal government wants to be their daddy, they can now get the insurance from Poppa Washington. That will be difficult, of course, because implementation of Obamacare is in shambles, and the state legislature in Michigan is still arguing about how to participate, much less actually rolling anything out. So the upshot is that if Barry Lynn gets his way, there may well be lots of people in Michigan–not to mention other states where chaos reigns, or where states have refused to enter the exchange system at all–who not only won’t be getting their “free” birth control,” but who won’t have any health insurance at all.
But at least those evil, medieval, Neanderthal Catholics would have learned a lesson.
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