The administrators of Providence College, where I teach, have floated the suggestion that we move toward a self-insurance plan. They began to consider this idea before the HHS mandate requiring all men everywhere to come to the aid of their country and pony up money for other people’s contraceptive pills and poisons.
That has spurred a spirited exchange of letters in our professorial mailboxes. The theologians at our school are pretty solid, top to bottom, and are joined in the good fight by a fair number of colleagues in philosophy, English, and history, along with comrades scattered across the other disciplines. The discussion turned quickly toward the issue of contraception, and who should pay for it. Whence I have come to some conclusions.