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Saturday, February 18, 2012

This Week's Scribblings

4 comments:

Roderick T. Long said...

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” -- Thomas Jefferson [source]

Sheldon Richman said...

Hear, hear!

MarkZ said...

Sheldon, I think you're falling into the same trap on this issue that you usually accuse conservatives of falling into. The insurance companies' hands aren't being forced here... the government is their business partner! Once mandatory insurance became the law of the land, the insurance companies lost any claim to "rights" they may have had (probably long before that, even...).

There's actually a silver lining to this mandate, and it's that government-sponsored insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny contraception coverage for religious reasons (e.g. Fidelis in NY).

Sheldon Richman said...

Mark, I don't get your point. I don't think the insurers are victims. I've written that they won't be absorbing the costs, but in fact will make money off the deal. The costs will be born by regular people, though they will be well hidden so everyone can think she's getting something for free.