Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Mandate and Small Business

As most know by now, the HHS mandate came into effect today.  That means that all companies without a direct religious affiliation must provide contraceptives, abortifacient drugs, and sterilization procedures to its employees.

A majority of the debate has been about forcing companies with a religious affiliation (hospitals, etc.) to offer these services in their insurance plans.  However, very few people are talking about the small business owners who also have an objection to this mandate, but must comply by law.

That mandate includes my company.

See, my business partner and I run a small business and have 10 employees.  We have always believed that the "moral" thing to do to was to provide all of our employees with health insurance that is paid 100% by the company.  If they have a family, we allow them to include their families for a modest fee.  This mandate now makes what we considered a "moral" responsibility  into something that is now personally "immoral". 

Our insurance comes up for renewal at the end of the year.  At that time, we must consider what is the greater sin as the owner of a small business.  Do we continue to pay for healthcare insurance that we feel is a moral obligation to our employees and their families or do we drop drop healthcare coverage all together because of the mandate.

Where is a Moral Theologian when you need one? 

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