The Impractical Catholic has a very practical link to how to submit your comments on the new health insurance regulations. Click on his link, it is very easy from there. You can scroll through the regulations to make sure you know what you are talking about, and then submit the comment of your choice.
Naturally I forgot to copy mine for posterity before it submitted, by my talking points were this:
- I quoted the bit about how the goal of the religious exemption was to protect houses of worship.
- I observed this was too narrow a view of “religious institution”, that did not represent the reality of religious institutions such as hospitals, schools, and other benevolent works.
- I proposed a compromise, in which employees of such institutions could choose either to accept the employer-provided plan, or use a cash allowance of the same value to purchase the plan of their choice from another source.
- In that way, the religious employer is not required to directly fund a health care plan that includes treatments contrary to its religious tenets, but employees remain free to choose some other plan as they see fit.
I didn’t say it, but it’s a bit like the difference between saying, “every employee shall be given a per-diem allowance to pay for travel expenses at a hotel or brothel”, versus specifying a per diem amount per day, and leaving it to the employee to decide where he wishes to lodge.
So that’s what I wrote. Go write something yourself. It is so easy and fast. Really, it is.
Okay, here’s the link directly to regulations.gov that I followed from Impractical Catholic’s post. Go. Now. Seriously.
Also: Reconsider giving your nine-year-old a blog on the same blogging program you yourself use. I almost posted this on a hot-pink ProudKittyCat blog. That woulda made the grandparents raise an eyebrow.