. . . and Catholic Hospitals should then stop receiving funds from State and Federal governments - and end their participation with programs such as Medicare and Medicaid - - - then that argument would hold water.
Probably they'll end their participation or they'll end up being sold -- if possible, though the nature of the income and outgo of most Catholic hospitals doesn't make them attractive for sales -- to a group that doesn't have a moral issue of conscience with the whole contraception scheme. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe the American bishops and, by extension, the Catholic Church in America, are fooling around or "bluffing."
They're really not, and if anybody pushing for this whole mandatory contraception scheme of the Obama administration would take a few minutes to read Loyola and what he says about the saving of souls versus the saving of the corpus
they'd see that, above all else, the salvation of the soul comes way before the salvation of the body to those fellows (the bishops). I'd say that the possible loss to the public in America of a $98 billion Catholic healthcare system matters very little to them if it's a question of choosing between salvation and the frankly trivial work done to address the health of a person's body. Equally unfortunately, all the 'smart folks' around here can't see that the bishops look at this contraception thing as participating in an intrinsic, and possibly mortal, sin.
Now, I don't happen to agree with that viewpoint but it is what it is and the Church as an institution has been around for 2,000 years so who am I to presume to dictate to it what it should and should not believe as regards matters of the human soul, if such a thing indeed exists? What matters in all this is just what steps the Church will take to not have to participate in what it deems a sin, and that may mean not only the loss of Catholic hospitals, healthcare systems (and, if necessary, Sr. Carol Keehan -- head of the Catholic Health Association -- will be brought to heel and will submit to Church authority or she'll find herself no longer head of much of anything), a myriad of Catholic charities and even Catholic universities and schools around the country could close over this mandate, that's how serious the leaders of the Church are taking things.
Also, I'm still struggling to understand just how the government has the power to mandate any sort of health care coverage, or most anything else, for that matter? That one's a mystery to me.