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Deb, I agree with your statement re: affordability and availability. Is there a way we can create an option that accomplishes your goal . . . BCP available and affordable for all women that choose to use them . . . and respect the core values of religious groups? It isn't either / or but both / and.
Can we suggest to insurance companies that they offer an addendum policy that is for BCPs? It could be for the same carrier that their employer offers. In a free market I feel as though this could be good opportunity for a insurance company and if one offers it that most will have to follow. This would make it affordable and available without forcing a religious organization go against their core beliefs.
Can we respect the health of women and the religious organization's values? I think so if we (Americans) are willing to think outside of our political party's talking points and political agenda.
What a great group of young men! They are fun to watch . . . tune into their national semi-final game tonight (Friday) at 7:00 PM on www.championships-sullivan.com.
I might be the exception but . . . as I moved up in management in various companies. including religious sponsored organizations, the company paid a significant portion of the health benefits. The employee paid a fee from $15 to $50 per month. The balance would equal in the thousands per employee. (This is different for dependents.) So on many cases the employee doe not pay for their medical coverage. This may not apply on all cases and if an employee or student is paying for their own medical insurance they should be able to choose for the coverage they choose. especcially if it is purchased outside of the organization.
I can see where, if a BCP or ED pill was the only or primary option to cure / prevent a disease or medical condition, and not just to prevent pregnancy, it could be part of the religious organizations plan. In the cases where the employer is paying for the medical coverage, I don't understand where the government can force a religious organization to pay for something that is against one of their core beliefs - BCP used for birth control exclusivly. I alos believe that if surgery is undertaken to exclusivly to prevent pregnancy it should be offered or not offered to both genders equally.
BTW . . . I voted for Obama and probably will again this time around. I am all about social justice and that includes respecting the core beliefs of religious organizations and the dignity of each individual.
JH "I doubt very seriously that an employer could restrict the use of money from a retirement account to non-birth control products. The same with health insurance. Since the money for that policy comes out of the employee's paycheck, the employer doesn't get to have a moral or religious objection."
Employers are allowed to choose the benefits they want to offer to their employees (eye care, dental, co-pay. retirement program, etc.) Employees are open to choose the employers they work for based on the benefits offered by the employer. Most employers also pay a substantial portion of an employees medical benefits (in our case it is nearly $6,000 a year paid by the employer per employee). The employer, religious or not, is able to choose the benefits that they offer based on the their financial position and / or the desired employee skill level. An employer can select to offer no medical benefits. (I'm not sure about laws applying to size of companies.) The benefit offering should be equal to all employees.
Mike, I guess if he would have mentioned uncivil remarks from all political ideologies - left, right, and middle instead of just listing Dems I would agree with you. From my perspective, this is a veiled attempt to make a political point.
He is right . . . it was a great time to be an American! We were united and commited to a better country for all Americans. These divisive essays only serve to widen the division.
BTW . . . I am a Rep (moderate) and have voted Rep in the majority of elections dating back to the 1970s.
It's too bad you weren't there tonight!
Great timing . . . at the start of school and its free! With the stories of how schools and parents handle bullying this is very needed.
First let me say that my hope is that AHS stays open!
Second, your first sentenance is incorrect . . . many supporters have stated directly that they do not want their children to go to other schools because they are not as good. This especially occured early last week. In addition, if you just google year round education you will find a great deal of research that is contradictory . . . some show that year round is an advantage and some don't. It is back to quality of the teacher in the classroom.
Third, there is volumes of research that show that the teacher is the primary component of a quality education (after the parents). There are "blue ribbon schools" in urban areas with metal detectors and poor facilities. Yes some of the items you mentioned do add to the experience but do not have anywhere the impact of a quality teacher.
I have not been on a pedestal or "rant" about about replacing teachers. I think we need more teachers, not less and my hope is that no quality teachers are let go.
I also want to add that to most of the parents and supporters this is a highly emotional issue and that is very understandable but the school board and county will respond better to rational options . . . that has been my "rant". I understand that the group has begun to form a leadership body and is working towards potetial "rational" solutions. I wish you well!
@ Wittmer . . . you have approached this issue with class but many of your fellow supporters have directly or indirectly have offended other parents, teachers, and administrators across MCS. Enough with the best school in MCS . . . test scores are not the primary indicators of a quality school. This is not to say that AHS is not a wondeful school but to say that there are other wonderful schools in MCS . . regular schdedule or year round.
There is very conflicting data regarding the value of year round education. It is not better or worse. Quality education is not based on schedule, facilities, location etc. It is based on the quality of the teacher in the calssroom and MCS has many outstanding teachers . . . year round or otherwise. Don't hide behind the notion that MCS is wanting to eliminate year round since it does not seem to be the issue.
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