Making It Real - A Look at Catholic Schools
To make it even easier (I hope) to get your head around the consequences of the HHS mandate and put things in a little better perspective, let's consider just one type of institution, the case of Catholic schools, in one region.
In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis alone, the Catholic Church educates 30,000 students in grades K-12 in 93 schools.
Set aside that it costs a local Catholic school about 60% what it does to educate a child in the average Minnesota public school. And set aside the improved effectiveness of Catholic schools to educate as measured by test scores, graduation rates, and college/military placement rates. Ignore that. Now what would that mean to the state's residents?
It would cost Minnesota taxpayers an additional $300,000,000 per year to educate these children if their Catholic schools were forced to close and they had to attend public schools, not to mention the additional children from the Dioceses of Crookston, Duluth, New Ulm, St. Cloud, and Winona, thereby affecting the bottom lines of millions of Minnesotans. Because families of Catholic school students are already paying taxes to support their local public schools, this $300 million is an unfunded additional burden to be carried. Please tell me again how Obamacare does not affect middle class taxes.
For more information on Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, visit AimHigher.org