In a USA Today column this morning HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defends the Obamacare regulation requiring almost all Catholic institutions to provide health insurance including contraception, sterilization and abortifacients morning. She isn’t that forthcoming describing the regulation, but that’s what the column is about.
What does she have to say? Not much. Her lips are moving, but she’s not saying anything — sort of like the boss. Sebelius doesn’t defend the regulation on the merits. She does suggest it’s not entirely her fault. She was just following the example of others — and it could have been worse:
In choosing this [extremely narrow religious] exemption, we looked first at state laws already in place across the country. Of the 28 states that currently require contraception to be covered by insurance, eight have no religious exemption at all.
The religious exemption in the administration’s rule is the same as the exemption in Oregon, New York and California.
If that doesn’t persuade you, you must be the kind of cranky person who actually looks for a premise, relevant facts and a related conclusion.