President Obamaâ€™s effort to accommodate the Catholic Church by altering his administrationâ€™s rule on birth control coverage has not appeased the church, congressional Republicans or GOP candidates trying to take his job next year.
Their continued anger over a requirement that nearly all employers offer free insurance coverage for contraception â€” even with changes Obama announced Friday (Feb. 10) for faith-based institutions that object on religious grounds â€” guarantees that the issue will percolate throughout the presidential election season.
Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, summed it up this way: â€œItâ€™s the unstoppable force meets the immovable object.â€
While challenges to the rule could take the form of legal and legislative assaults, the White House and the Obama re-election campaign are comfortable with the revised rule, believing most Americans â€” and particularly most women â€” are on their side.
White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew insisted Sunday on NBCâ€™s â€œMeet the Pressâ€ that â€œthe right of women to all forms of preventative health careâ€ was an unshakeable part of Obamaâ€™s health care overhaul. He noted groups such as the Catholic Health Association supported the revised mandate, which lets certain religious employers avoid providing or paying for contraception directly. [More]
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