There's been a minor update with the health care problems I mentioned over a week ago. To recap, President Obama's new health care plans upset a lot of people, especially when it comes to its stance on abortions and contraceptives. I could have said a lot more on this topic, but my main problem with the proposed laws is that they overstep the separation between church and state. I believe that religious organizations, who have a direct, moral opposition to these laws, should not be forced to comply with them.
This is similar to how people who have a direct, moral opposition to war should not be forced to join the army.
Last Friday, the administration decided to tweak the health care laws a little bit, in response to the backlash it has received. I was hopeful that this would be a step in the right direction. Sadly, the legal experts have poured over the laws and declared that the changes are merely a minor sleight of hand. Mostly, they just shift the burden of payment from employers to insurance companies.
...That completely ignores the problem. I mean, people were upset about the health care plan in general. The plan is still objectionable, whether the insurance companies or the employers are the ones who pay for it. The main point of contention was the policy on abortions and contraceptives, and the laws about them have remain completely unchanged. I consider that to be side-stepping the main issue.
The government should not enact immoral laws.
Further, what about my specific objection that the laws overstep the boundaries between church and state? Well, let's see...
I have a religious (Catholic) insurance company. They are forced to pay for the health care procedures which they find morally objectionable.
I have a religious (Catholic) employer. They have the option of "declaring" they do not offer insurance coverage for the immoral health care procedures...unless someone asks for it, in which case, the employer will have to provide it. Sounds like there's a disconnect between declaring exemption and actually being exempt.
It looks like both my religious insurance company and religious employer are not exempt from paying for the health procedures which they find morally objectionable. In other words, they will still be forced to violate their consciences by purchasing a health care plan they object to. So, despite the minor changes to the laws, the government is still forcing religious organizations to do something that they don't want to do. The separation between church and state, therefore, remains violated.