Edward Morrisey of the Fiscal Times asked in a recent column if the current Administration has thought through their threats to force religious healthcare providers to offer insurance that covers all services, even if those services run contrary to religious beliefs.
For example, if Catholic bishops decide to close charitable operations rather than compromise their beliefs, the impact would be greatest on those most in need:
• The loss of $100 billion in healthcare costs now covered by church hospitals
• The loss of one-seventh of all U.S. hospital beds, about 120,000 existing beds
• The loss of more than 400 health centers and 1,500 specialized homes
• The loss of more than 500,000 jobs
Government-run health care might win, but many of these facilities provide care to the poor, especially the urban poor, and those in rural areas who have limited healthcare options.
This is one more way ObamaCare is a disaster.
A friend, on reading this, suggested the following:
It would be exciting if the Catholics announced the closure of 1 health center per week until the policy is changed. Each week they could count down the number of sites remaining, and count up the number of people put out of jobs, the number of beds lost, and the number of patients left un-served because of the objectionable government intrusion into religious practices.
I countered with:
They SHOULD start with all the Catholic hospitals, schools, adoption centers and charities in San Francisco (Pelosi), NV (Reid) and Chicago, and then prioritize all the rest based on the vote of their Representative and/or Senator.
In fact, you should google the appropriate Catholic leader in the US and make that recommendation.
Anyone interested in moving this forward in the Church here in the US ought to have at it.