Well, it’s certainly NOT what deadbeats Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Mark Amodei have to offer. Both voted yesterday to let the U.S. default on it’s debts, wreak havoc on the world economy and put the world reserve currency status of the U.S. dollar at risk. But, despite their NAY votes, the bill passed and the government is once again open to conduct the people’s business, albeit temporarily yet again. And while yet another committee works on trying to get the GOP to compromise on a workable budget, it’s time that we focus on Immigration Reform and begin to grow our economy.
I’ve been listening to all the hooplaw about HHS Secretary Sibelius’ decision relative to contraception coverage rules under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act —PPACA (the health care reform act) and find the divide disturbing. Male pundits appear to be arguing for religious rights, drowning out the voices of female pundits who are attempting to argue for women’s rights.
Both sides need to sit down, shut up and think the situation through, looking for a solution that allows a successful outcome for both sides. But, thus far, instead of looking for a means to resolve the rights of both, each is arguing for one group to have to sacrifice their rights at the expense of the other … that somehow women have to take a back seat to religion … or vice versa.
What if neither side had to sacrifice their rights? They don’t … you know. It’s all in how one looks at the problem. You see, the problem is the means through which one assumes the health insurance must be delivered to the employee. Both sides are looking at the situation as though the religiously-affiliated organization MUST be the deliverer of the health care insurance policy.
If they delay introduction of this requirement until PPACA is fully implemented, and if the Churches then stop providing health insurance (adjusting employee salaries accordingly to be able to compete for employees in the employment market), their employees could purchase through the exchanges, a health insurance policy appropriate for their needs.
Such a solution would allow both sides of the equation to remain equal in terms of rights retained. Churches and their sponsored organizations would not have to fund health insurance programs that include birth control coverage. Women and families who work for those religiously affiliated schools and/or hospitals, who do not espouse those religious precepts, would not be denied coverage and thus have to incur the full commercial expense for birth control.
It’s a simple and elegant solution … but in today’s reality, I’m not sure either side will be willing to put aside their rhetoric and take action that will move us toward an equitable solution. I fear instead this will be yet one more volley in the GOP’s war on womens’ rights and liberties.