The Obama administration made an embarrassing political blunder recently when it mandated, with swaggering disregard of First Amendment niceties and pugnacious indifference to the moral teachings of the Roman Church, that Catholic organizations would be required to provide contraceptives to their employees. When Catholic institutions objected, they were told they had a year to get used to it.
This not only aroused predictably heated emotions on the Right, but was too much even for many members of the liberal media kingsguard (even the true-blue E.J. Dionne, for example, joined the chorus of indignation).
Now the administration has done some hasty backpedaling, in appearance at least, by granting an “accommodation” that says that Catholic organizations won’t have to pay for these services after all. Instead, the Imperium has graciously ordained that such services will simply be provided “for free” by insurers (“insurance”, readers may have noticed, being a word that is quickly being drained of all its original meaning).
The fundamental laws of nature, however, remain in effect even despite edicts from The One, including the one that says there’s no free lunch. Contraceptive services do not fall like manna from the sky, and if they are going to be provided, then they must be paid for.
The WSJ expands on this, here.