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View Diary: Wrong Framing! It’s Not About Contraception (66 comments)

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  •  how so? (0+ / 0-)
    The fundamental problem with the Republican position is that they are denying people the right to spend their money as they choose.
    Any employee is free to spend their money to buy all the birth control that they could want. Nothing is preventing this.
    •  They Want to Prevent the Coverage (0+ / 0-)

      They want to prevent the employee from getting coverage for certain medical procedures (contraception among them), even though they are getting insurance as part of their compensation. It's like I gave you a paycheck and then said, "But don't spend any of this money on condoms because I don't want you to use them."

      •  but that does not (1+ / 0-)
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        Catte Nappe

        deny people "the right to spend their money as they choose." They can still do that

        It's like I gave you a paycheck and then said, "But don't spend any of this money on condoms because I don't want you to use them."
        But anyone can still buy birth control. So it is not like that. They just have to pay for it with their own money.

        Which refutes what the diarist wrote

        •  Sorry, That's Not How It Is (1+ / 0-)
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          bronte17

          Having them spend money out of their paycheck is not the same as not blocking them from spending part of their healthcare coverage on what they want to spend it on. These are not equivalent.

          The big problem is that religious institutions have employees. They shouldn't have employees; their work should be done by volunteers. If they want to have employees, then they need to abide by the regulations for employee compensation.

          All this would have been avoided by moving to public financing of healthcare. No employer should be providing healthcare coverage as part of their compensation. That's bad economics in the first place. It also limits choices of where people can work.

          All essential healthcare should simply be paid for by the federal government out of income tax revenues. That's a fair system that eliminates employers providing coverage at all. This would be much cheaper, provide more uniform coverage, give everyone access, and make our products more competitive internationally. The failure to go to full publicly-funded healthcare is the underlying problem.

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