The “Accommodation” that isn’t

James Capretta has written an interesting article on the supposed “accommodation” of the Obama administration.

A key excerpt:

But even more fundamentally, the entire concept of this “accommodation” is basically hopeless because it cannot solve the core problem for the religious employers who are objecting to this obligation. As articulated by the administration, the government would force insurers to cover the products and services that the employer objects to even though the insurance contract between the insurer and the employer excludes these products and services. Thus, from the perspective of the employer, if it chooses to offer health insurance to its workers, it will know in advance that the coverage will, by definition (because of the government’s rules), be coverage that pays for the problematic products and services. Creating this artificial movement of the regulatory obligation from the employer to the insurer does not change this fundamental reality. And so this supposed accommodation really achieves nothing.

Earlier in the article, the author makes a key point about Catholics arguing on the side of the administration and against our Bishops on this issue:

For starters, if it is true that certain Catholic “leaders” are in discussions with the White House, and working at cross purposes with the bishops, that would be, well, a bit hard to swallow, to put it mildly. This is not your usual political fight. This is a defining moment for the country, as Cardinal Dolan and the bishops seem to recognize. They are in a struggle for nothing less than the future of religious liberty in America. Breaches of trust at this time, in this fight, after everything else that has already transpired in the health-care battle, would almost certainly cause irreparable harm. That would serve no one’s long-term interests.

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