President Obama has again made an accommodation for religion:
The Obama administration proposed new rules Friday that would guarantee widespread access to contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act, but seemed unlikely to head off legal battles that could return a part of the health care law to the Supreme Court.
The regulations allow religious nonprofit organizations that morally object to contraceptives to not offer that benefit for their employees. But their workers would receive a stand-alone private insurance policy providing birth control coverage at no cost.
The most important thing this new offer has is that it still guarantees that contraception will be a part of all women’s health insurance. Still it shows that religion has special rights. What other group would have the gall to complain (bold added):
Some religious groups criticized the proposed rules. For more than a year, they have mounted a high-profile protest and filed dozens of lawsuits against the contraceptive mandate, arguing that it is a violation of their religious freedom.
These nonprofits worry that their premium dollars might help pay for the stand-alone plans. Separately, some private businesses owned by individuals with strong religious objections to the mandate have sued because they don’t want to provide contraceptive coverage to their workers.
‘‘We were extremely disappointed with this inadequate proposal,’’ said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. His group represents both private employers and faith-based nonprofits. ‘‘This is not what many of our clients were hoping and praying for: That they would be given a way of not being subject to the mandate at all.’’
Think about that–they think they are above the law because they’re religious.