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Sebelius: contraception will cut medical costs

Catholic World News - March 02, 2012

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has told a committee of the US House of Representatives that a mandate to cover contraceptive costs will not add to insurance premiums.

“The reduction in the number of pregnancies compensates for the cost of contraception,” Sebelius said. She claimed that the net result would be a decreased in insurance costs.

Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania said that he was stunned by the logic of the Sebelius argument. “Not having babies born is a critical benefit. This is absolutely amazing to me,” he said.

The testimony by Sebelius directly contradicts statements from insurance executives, who said that the contraceptive requirement would increase their costs.

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  • Posted by: Bellarminite1 - Mar. 05, 2012 5:25 PM ET USA

    Why does this woman hate babies?

  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Mar. 05, 2012 9:48 AM ET USA

    Euthenasia will also cut medical costs. Wait, it's coming....

  • Posted by: dagbat - Mar. 03, 2012 4:58 PM ET USA

    There needs to be a concerted effort by the Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to rein in the many public figures such as Ms. Sebelius who call themselves Catholics, but who in practice espouse their own brand of Catholicism. They are doing great damage to the Church. The USCCB should be forceful in challenging these public figures when their statements or positions are out of step with key Church teachings. They should also advise these public figures in private, of the seriousness nature of their positions, the damage that it is doing to the Church, and the sinfulness of their public statements if they persist. Finally the USCCB must stop their hedging and clearly come out in support Canon 915 “on the discipline regarding the denial of Holy Communion to those obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin.” The Church has always allowed a Catholic the right to follow their conscience, even if it goes against Church teaching. It is called free will. No change there, but if a person doing so happens to be a Catholic public figure (such as a government, academic, or religious leader), whose position therefore could influence other Catholics decision making, then that public figure MUST keep their decision private. If they do not do so and publically oppose the Church’s position, then the Church should take immediate, public, and decisive action (remove the person’s right to take Holy Communion because their public action against the Church put them in a state of serious sin).

  • Posted by: joecober6835 - Mar. 03, 2012 3:55 PM ET USA

    "Not having babies born is a critical benefit" such statement is absoutely amazing to me too. Is America going to kill itself ? I hope we are wiser than that and will support "1 man +1 woman" marriage and their children.

  • Posted by: AnthonyP - Mar. 03, 2012 2:04 PM ET USA

    Congratulations, what a great argument. Too bad the facts don't support it. What should we expect from our elected...oh I'm sorry, that's right she wasn't elected, just appointed; yet, she can make policy.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 02, 2012 6:30 PM ET USA

    Her mind's made up. Don't bother her with the facts.

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