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Reductio ad absurdum

"I'm sorry, being forced to sell out your beliefs should not be a price you have to pay for going into business and taking on employees."

That's Tom Blumer at NewsBusters. He's writing about an editorial that appeared in the WSJ entitled "Immaculate Contraception":
Under the original Health and Human Services regulation, all religious institutions except for houses of worship would be required to cover birth control, including hospitals, schools and charities. Under the new rule, which the White House stresses is "an accommodation" and not a compromise, nonprofit religious organizations won't have to directly cover birth control and can opt out. But the insurers they hire to cover their employees can't opt out. If that sounds like a distinction without a difference, odds are you're a rational person.
If you're still having trouble wrapping your mind around the absurdity of the Obama administration argument, once again here's Bud and Lou to explain it all for you.  From contributor Tom Reynolds:
Abbott:     I see the Catholic Church will not have to offer abortion in their medical insurance plans.

Costello:  Their employees will not have insurance coverage for abortions?

Abbott:     No, their insurance company will have to cover it.

Costello:  But you just said the church doesn’t have to cover it.

Abbott:     They won’t, but their insurance carrier will cover it.

Costello:  So, the church will have to offer it.

Abbott:     No, just their insurance carrier.  It will pay for it for employees covered by the church’s policy.  The church won’t have to pay for it.

Costello:  So, who will pay for it?

Abbott:     The insurance company.

Costello:  Where will the insurance company get the money to pay for it?  

Abbott:     They will have to raise the church’s premiums.

Costello:  So the church will have to pay for abortions that are not covered by their insurance policy.

Abbott:     No, that’s not what Obama says.  The church won’t have to pay for abortions through their insurance policy.

Costello:  Wait a minute.  You just said that the insurance company will raise the church’s premium to pay for abortions.

Abbott:     Right.

Costello:  So, the church will pay higher premiums to pay for abortions.

Abbott:     Right

Costello:  But they won’t have to cover abortions in their insurance policy because they are paying for abortions by their insurance company.

Abbott:     Right

Costello:  Didn’t Obama say that Obamacare would not cover abortions?

Abbott:     That was just when he was trying to get it passed.

Costello:  And didn’t he say premiums would go down?

Abbott:     Yep.

Costello:  But you just said that the church’s premium would go up to pay for abortions it is not  covering.

Abbott:     Right.

Costello:  Won’t that conflict with the principles of their faith?

Abbott:     Obama has given them a year to work that out.

Costello:  So at the end of a year, the church will have to find a loophole in their principles so they can pay for abortions.

Abbott:     That’s basically it.

Costello:  What if God objects?

Abbott:     Obama has a rule that allows God to take an exception while not having any impact on abortion coverage. 

Costello:  How will that work?

Abbott:     They’ll require God to agree before he reads the agreement.

Costello:  What if God figures it out?

Abbott:     The Mayan calendar may turn out to be correct.

Oh, that guy on the right?  Another Tom.  Tom Aquinas.  Here at Redneck Mansion we appreciate a little claritas in our arguments.



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