Obama Caves On Religious Contraception Rule

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. pspr


    By Jake Tapper

    With the White House under fire for its new rule requiring employers including religious organizations to offer health insurance that fully covers birth control coverage, ABC News has learned that later today the White House — possibly President Obama himself — will likely announce an attempt to accommodate these religious groups.

    The move, based on state models, will almost certainly not satisfy bishops and other religious leaders since it will preserve the goal of women employees having their birth control fully covered by health insurance.

    Sources say it will be respectful of religious beliefs but will not back off from that goal, which many religious leaders oppose since birth control is in violation of their religious beliefs.

    One source familiar with the decision described the accommodation as “Hawaii-plus,” insisting that it’s better than the Hawaii plan — for both sides.

    In Hawaii the employer is responsible for referring employees to places where they can obtain the contraception; Catholic leaders call that material cooperation with evil. But what the White House will likely announce later today is that the relationship between the religious employer and the insurance company will not need to have any component involving contraception. The insurance company will reach out on its own to the women employees. This is better for both sides, the source says, since the religious organizations do not have to deal with medical care to which they object, and women employees will not have to be dependent upon an organization strongly opposed to that care in order to obtain it.

  2. Good move.Now The GOP can no longer use it to attack him and Obama looks like the reasonable centrist whos respects the religious beliefs of others while still supporting women's health :)
  3. It's a compromise, besides, DePaul University and several other.....oh hell, you watch msnbc just to monitor the progressives, you know that 28 states already mandate Catholic providers to provide this.
  4. pspr


    I don't watch BSNBC, ever. Not for at least the last 8 years or so. Not since they stopped reporting news without a strong bias. I don't want to have to go buy a new large screen TV because I threw the phone or something through the one I have.
  5. But I bet you watch Faux news, right?:D
  6. Not directed to me, but:

    I still watch both channels, when not watching cNBC or simply CNN. It's nice to see what each side is throwing out, although sometimes so painful that I too, like our friend pspr, feel like throwing things. I manage to control myself however. Try to keep an open mind.

    I've followed the expanding yellow journalism aspect, from both sides, but it seems that there is more vitriol from the Fox side. This makes sense though, since they are not the side who holds the Presidency. Reminds me of Rush Limbaugh's phrase for the 8 years of the Clinton Presidency 'Day 245 of America Held Hostage' - pretty funny, kind of sad.

    And, don't anyone get upset, I see some pretty asinine things from the Left as well. Too bad the government can't just do it's job without all the partisan nonsense. Won't happen, just would be nice.