The TPM headline says
Romney Comes Out In Support Of Controversial Birth Contbut this bill jeopardizes much more than that.
Sex (contraception, abortion, homosexuality) is not the only health-care related issue that religions oppose on moral grounds.
While the impact this bill would have on contraception deserves the outcry it is receiving, the focus of the debate is almost solely on birth control which is turning this into a debate about social issues that the morality police can run with (Rush Limbaugh, I'm talkin' 'bout you,) rather than a debate about someone's personal religious or moral convictions effecting other people's access to health coverage.
This bill could deprive women, men and children of coverage for all kinds of treatments and life saving care - based solely on the tenets and moral beliefs of a given employer.
And there are many religions that have issues with different aspects of medical care.
Blunt's amendment would allow adherents of particular religious beliefs to deny their employers coverage of such vital care as blood transfusions (Jehovah Witnesses), mental health services and anti depressant drugs (Scientology), and any medical care whatsoever (Christian Scientists) to name a few.
The consequences of such a measure would not only devastate the affordable health care act but also decimate the current health care plans of millions of insured Americans.
This is not about religious freedom for employers, this is about religious tyranny. If this passes the health care coverage choices of the American people will now be dictated by the religious beliefs of those who provide health insurance.
This is so much larger than contraception. Expand the focus and the outrage and outcry will be expanded exponentially.
And Blunt and the Repubs who support this crap will look even more awful than they already do.