Employer provided health insurance is a benefit that the employer has decided to offer (or has negotiated if the employees belong to a union). As far as I know, there is not a law that requires employers to provide health insurance.
But now it has been decided that if they decide to provide this benefit, “big brother” is going to tell him what has to be covered in the policy. If contraception has to be covered, what is next? Mandatory coverage of abortion?
What is an employer to do if his beliefs do not him allow to pay for such coverage? There are several options:
• Provide required coverage and violate his conscience. Not going to happen.
• Continue to provide coverage without the mandated items that violate his beliefs. This means he will be fined for following his personal beliefs. The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
Since most institutions that will end up being fined are charitable, nonprofit institutions, this will result in less funds for care to the needy. Is this what the government really wants?
• Discontinue offering health insurance altogether. This would be a shame; most of these organizations want to do right by their employees and that includes offering health care.
Let’s hope common sense prevails and the government butts out of trying to mandate specifics of what is a voluntary benefit.