I blogged a little while ago about the inanity of the Stupak Amendment, a mind-numblingly stupid and unconstitutional rule pushed hard by, among others, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. But other than Catholic reflexive opposition to abortion, I completely overlooked another significant motive for the bishops’ behavior, one that definitely bears discussion:
The scale of the church’s involvement in the rapidly growing $2.5 trillion dollar American health care industry is staggering.
What the Stupak-Pitts amendment does for the Catholic health care system is omit a competitive advantage secular and other religiously-affiliated hospitals without doctrinal restrictions can use to simultaneously market their services to both the expected influx of newly insured patients and the outpatient medical professionals who will treat them.
By restricting insurance coverage of women’s reproductive health care, the competitive barriers faced by Catholic institutions will be eliminated …
First rule of investigative journalism, kids: follow the money.