Church/State and health care

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader and Mrs Villain had a big blow-up the other day. The root cause of this tiff? The President’s health care mandate that Catholic employers provide (by hook or by crook) insurance coverage for contraception, abortion inducing drugs and sterilization.

Your Maximum Leader’s position is rather close to that of his friend FLG (who’s post you should read). This is to say that Catholic employers should be given a broad exemption based on their long-held beliefs. The number of individual Catholics who disagree with church teachings on these matters is largely immaterial.

Mrs Villain’s point is that having insurance coverage for a particular drug or procedure doesn’t mean you have to take advantage of a potentially offensive drug or procedure and therefore the mandate is really harmless to those who care and a boon to those that don’t.

Your Maximum Leader attempted to make a favorite point of his, namely that if his money is going to pay for a thing he would like input into how that money is spent. This argument most often comes up when he and Mrs Villain are discussing school curricula and how it is made. (Your Maximum Leader arguing that if public dollars are spend on education, then the political process must be involved in making the curricula. That doesn’t make the process neat, efficient or even sensible; but it is a requirement.) Anyhow, our conversation deteriorated quickly and we broke to our own corners and tabled the discussion indefinitely.

The point that your Maximum Leader would have liked to make as well, but didn’t have the chance to, was that the Catholic Church will eventually lose out on this argument all together and will wind up having to pay for insurance coverage that offends their moral teachings. Furthermore, in the foreseeable future when there is a single payer system in place in the United States, Catholic hospitals will be forced to close, be sold to other entities, or will just have to knuckle under and actually perform abortions and sterilizations because the government will require them to do so. The Catholic Church (and most any other civil institution) cannot, in the long run, stand up to the power of the government leviathan.

Carry on.

3 Comments »
Ben said:

If the Catholic Church doesn’t want their institutions to be forced to subscribe to government rules and mandates, they are more than welcome to withdraw themselves from the public sector and STOP RECEIVING GOVERNMENT FUNDING.



Ben, you make a legitimate point here. One that I would like to address in a longer post, which I’ll try to write here shortly.



Fear and Loathing in Georgetown said:

Ben:

There are two problems with the federal funding line of argument…

1) I don’t think this mandate was tied to federal funding. I’m pretty sure this was an across the board mandate regardless, not that federal funding was contingent on adhering to the policy.

2) In the long run, as the federal government has increased and increased both its scope and role throughout society, it becomes harder and harder to avoid federal funding, even if an organization wants to. For example, imagine if there was a government run single payer system, then under your stance, it would be impossible for the Catholic Church to run its hospitals in accordance with its teachings.



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