Following on what my colleague Francis Cianfrocca writes below, the Obama Administration's ballyhooed "compromise" on the extraordinary rule that gives the US Department of Health and Human Services the final say in how religious groups operate is actually a finger in the eye.
From the White House statement:
Under the new policy announced today, women will have free preventive care that includes contraceptive services no matter where she works.
If a woman works for religious employers with objections to providing contraceptive services as part of its health plan, the religious employer will not be required to provide contraception coverage but her insurance company will be required to offer contraceptive care free of charge.
If we actually believe that in the real world TANSTAAFL is an immutable fact, who, then, is actually paying for the "free of charge" contraception and abortifacient cover. My guess is that the employer whose employees are getting the "free of charge" service is going to see their bill go up.
This is not a trivial issue. This is an attack, one of several staged by this Administration, on religious freedom. One hopes that the Catholic Church and other religious groups see through this charade and continue to oppose the supplanting of conscience by federal regulations.