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posted: 3/8/2014 12:01 AM

Don't care, but still unconstitutional

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Don't care, but still unconstitutional

Berna K. Gingas letter, published Monday, Feb. 24, operates from a position of misinformation.

We conservatives are a diverse group and are pro life, pro choice and I don't care. Count me as I don't care. Catholics use birth control at the same rate as the general public and when they work for private industry, their insurance usually pays for it, but not always. Coverages were chosen between the insurance company and the insureds. Now comes Obamacare.

The government dictates that every policy must meet a minimum standard. Old couples, over age 50, must have maternity coverage, everyone must have birth control coverage and, oh, it doesn't have to meet the same provisions as the rest of the policy, No deductible, no co-pay and no other restrictions.

Cost; just like the government, insurance companies have no money. With the government it is taxes from taxpayers, or with this administration, it is borrowed. With insurance companies, it is premium payers and it is not the property of the insurance company, until time has passed and the premium is earned. Religious groups who don't believe in birth control, such as Catholics, Orthodox Jews, fundamentalist Christians and others, deposit their premium and it remains theirs until it is earned. If the insurance company uses it for purposes, other than the policy provisions, it is illegal.

Ultimately, the supreme court will decide the question. Does forcing insurance companies to use unearned premium, for purposes at odds with the religious beliefs of the insured, who still owns the premium money, violate their constitutional rights?

I think it does and remember I am in the "I don't care" group.

Wilton Jere Tidwell


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