Monday, February 6, 2012
USA Today editorializes against the HHS mandate, here. Kudos to the paper (and to The Washington Post) for -- unlike the New York Times -- embracing the correct position on this issue. Secretary Sebelius defends the mandate, here, but follows those who have misleadingly suggested that the religious-employer exemption in the HHS mandate is more generous than several states' and is based on the ones adopted in, e.g., New York and California. This claim fails to take account of the fact that, in those other states, other avenues are available for religious employers to avoid the force of the mandate. Such avenues are not available with respect to the HHS mandate; the only way to avoid the mandate is to fit within the very narrow religious-employer exemption. Learn more here.