Two weeks ago, we posted about Wheaton College, a Christian liberal arts college in Illinois, cancelling its student health insurance to avoid complying with the new ACA contraception accommodations. One new detail makes us wonder why Wheaton College caused so much fuss in the first place.
From The Associated Press:
"Wheaton's student development vice president Paul Chelsen told students during a July 23 information session that the school will provide hardship funding for some students losing insurance. He said the school is trying to protect a lawsuit it has against the Department of Health and Human Services."
Students receiving hardship funding from the school could easily use it to purchase health insurance that included contraception coverage. Does that make Wheaton College any less complicit in providing their students birth control than simply signing the responsibility over to the government? We would love to hear the rationalization behind this.