I discovered last week that my company’s health care plan covers abortion. This is not mentioned in any document that members have access to, but with all the recent news I thought I better call the insurance company and find out for sure.
I was shocked at the answer. I went to HR, who was pro-abortion but civil. She said that they might be able to get me a waiver to get out of the plan.
The main issue as I see it is that regardless of whether I am given a waiver or not, my work there will be continuing to subsidize abortions because my employer pays most of the health care premiums.
I have worked there a long time and of course don’t want to leave. Simply obtaining abortion-free healthcare may be difficult. None of the plans on our state exchange are completely abortion-free. I believe I can get a family plan outside of the exchange, but often the companies that offer them also offer other plans that cover abortion.
There are good coops, but they don’t cover some of my wife’s health conditions.
If I decide to interview for a new job, I will have to provide some explanation for why I am leaving. I can be pretty vague in my answer, but would that be the right thing to do? Then there is the problem of finding out whether the new company also subsidizes abortions, before I am hired.
Somehow I think that I am going to have to make a leap of faith on this one, without having it all figured out beforehand.
It is possible that HR is the only person (among the company leadership) who knew of this. It is possible that they could offer to drop the abortion coverage at the next opportunity (June). If they did this, would this be a good reason to stay? I am tempted to think as Jonah did, and simply walk away and hope that God will make an example of them! But I think we have to hope for conversion for them. I’m just not sure what that would look like.
Any comments? Overnight the options for a conscientious Christian are evaporating, with hardly anyone noticing! People have been focused on the HHS mandate, but even if that is declared unconstitutional, it will mean nothing if there are no companies offering good plans.