Perfect example of Democrats using people as Pawns.

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Franciscan University drops student health insurance plan over birth control mandate, costs

The Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio will drop health insurance coverage for students this fall rather than comply with a federal mandate that its plan provide free birth control.

University officials on Tuesday also cited rising insurance costs for their decision to end student health coverage.

“The Obama Administration has mandated that all health insurance plans must cover ‘women’s health services’ including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing medications as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),” according to a university statement. “Up to this time, Franciscan University has specifically excluded these services and products from its student health insurance policy, and we will not participate in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.”


“Additionally, the PPACA increased the mandated maximum coverage amount for student policies to $100,000 for the 2012-13 school year, which would effectively double your premium cost for the policy in fall 2012, with the expectation of further increases in the future,” the statement said.

So the Dems rolled out Sandra Fluke, got all the mileage they could from her, maybe got a few votes and no one is going to care about those truly affected by their meddling.


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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Thanks for posting this.  I heard the headlines this a.m. but not the details.

May 16, 2012 03:39 AM #1
John F Muscarella
Broker/Owner, Cape Cod, MA - Venice, FL

Unfortunately it's the Catholic Chruch and its policies that are outdated and unrealistic in a modern world.  I suspect it's more of a cost issue than they would like to admit and not policy.

May 16, 2012 03:46 AM #2
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Kudos and it is about CHOICES * the choice to have sex, the choice to use birth control, the choice to attend this university.....lots of choices before this is even an issue for many and this is a loosing issue for Democrats

May 16, 2012 04:40 AM #3
Dale Terry
Yadkinville, NC

John, I am not a Catholic so I have no dog in this hunt.  But I think your comment could be taken that the Catholic religion is out of touch with the mainstream.  Would you also say that about every other religion?  Would you say the same about a government and special interests that try to impose limited views on the many?

May 17, 2012 03:22 AM #4
Dale Terry
Yadkinville, NC

Nail on the head, Wallace.  These issues are about responses, not beginning actions.  Too many programs to save you from yourself. 

May 17, 2012 03:23 AM #5
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