New HHS Rules (and Remember, Contraception Saves Money!)
As Mollie predicted below, the White House has announced a new "compromise" on mandated coverage for contraception. Apparently, schools, hospitals, and other organizations that don't fit into the original narrow exemption, can choose not to offer contraception coverage, but their female employees will get contraception coverage directly from the insurance companies, free of charge.
Help me out, but isn't this a shell game? (I see that George seems to agree...) If the insurer has to provide contraceptive coverage free of charge, won't it simply pass the cost on to the employer, meaning that the religious organization will end up subsidizing abortifacients indirectly?
The White House appears to be anticipating this argument with its "Fact Sheet" which notes that covering contraception "saves money for insurance companies by . . . preventing spending on other health services." What do they mean by "other health services?" Do they mean abortion? Or is it the even more chilling point that the morning-after pill is a bargain because it avoids the expense of babies?