The Obama team seems to keep flunking Managerial Econ. Here's their latest stab at trying to square the contraceptive circle-
As part of the new initiative, groups that are insured -- such as student health plans at religious colleges -- would be required to let their insurer know that certain participants would like contraception coverage. The provider would pay for the contraception separately.
"The insurer would then notify enrollees that it is providing them with no-cost contraceptive coverage through separate individual health insurance policies," an HHS statement on the new policy said on Friday.
The move would allow the religious organization to avoid paying for contraception.
Excuse me. Yes, they will be paying for it, for it's part of what the insurance company is paying for. Since the insurance company will be paying for contraception coverage, they will be factoring it into the price. The price will actually be higher, since the insurance company will have extra paperwork that mundane employers won't need.
The one way around having faithy groups picking up the tab is to have Uncle Sam do it for them, or have the folks buy contraceptive riders themselves.