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Obama's 'accommodation' on birth control is all smoke and mirrors

The Sun's article on Catholic bishops' opposition to the Obama administration's requirement that religious schools and hospitals include contraceptives in their health insurance plans was one-sided and unfair ("Obama's 'accommodation' wins support in birth-control debate," Feb. 11).

First, providing birth-control to people without proven medical conditions is a pure "give away" of precious medical funds. If this plan is reasonable, why not support "public/private safety" by providing everyone with cell phones?

Second, President Obama's "accommodation" calls for the Insurance companies — not the individuals, church or corporation buying the premium — to pay for birth-control. This is nonsense. It is strictly part of a continuing effort by the president to show people that he is on their side against the demonic, money-making corporations.

One opposing view I am sure The Sun will not print is the recent Wall Street Journal editorial noting that "Insurance companies won't be making donations. Drug makers will still charge for the pill. Doctors will still bill for reproductive treatment. The reality, as with all mandated benefits, is that these costs will be borne eventually via higher premiums."

And who pays those premiums? We do!

Robert Schmidt, Middle River

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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