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Obama defends HHS mandate: ‘not fair’ that Catholics won’t fund birth control
Life Site News ^ | July 10, 2012 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI

Posted on 07/10/2012 1:23:56 PM PDT by NYer

WASHINGTON, DC, July 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a short interview Monday with Karen Swensen of New Orleans’ CBS affiliate WWLTV, President Barack Obama reiterated his support for the HHS birth control mandate, this time adding it’s “not fair” that a woman working for a Catholic institution should “bear the burden and the cost” of paying for her own contraception.

Swensen posed a question from WWLTV viewer Michael Varino, “What can you say about a healthcare bill that’ll mandate insurance companies to provide birth control, sterilization, etc. to employees of Catholic universities, hospitals and churches since this goes against the Catholic religion?”

Swensen prefaced the question by stating that Varino “describes himself as a Catholic voter,” and followed it by adding, “We know there is compromising language in place. Some say it doesn’t go far enough and that the real, the much bigger issue is religious liberty, not contraception.”

Obama responded, “Yeah. Well it’s absolutely true that religious liberty is critical. I mean that’s what our country was founded on.

“That’s the reason why we exempted churches, we exempted religious institutions,” the president said.

“But we did say that big Catholic hospitals or universities who employ a lot of non-Catholics and who receive a lot of federal money, that for them to be in a position to say to a woman who works there you can’t get that from your insurance company even though the institution isn’t paying for it, that that crosses the line where that woman, she suddenly is gonna have to bear the burden and the cost of that. And that’s not fair,” Obama stated.

The birth control mandate, which would require all employers to cover the costs of contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs, has incensed religious leaders across the spectrum.

Critics have pointed out that the mandate’s “religious employer” exemption is limited only to institutions serving primarily members of their own sect, a definition experts called dramatically narrower than any other in the history of federal conscience laws.

“Jesus himself, or the Good Samaritan of his famous parable, would not qualify as ‘religious enough’ for the exemption, since they insisted on helping people who did not share their view of God,” Cardinal Daniel Dinardo famously said in a Sept 26 statement. “The ‘religious employer’ exemption offered by the Department is so extremely narrow that it protects almost no one.”

Already Steubenville University in Ohio has announced that it will have to stop offering health insurance because of the HHS mandate, while dozens of other Catholic organizations have filed suit against the mandate.

Watch the video of the interview here.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: catholic; hhs; obama

1 posted on 07/10/2012 1:24:04 PM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 07/10/2012 1:24:55 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

Didn’t he give Muslims a blanket waiver?

Hopefully that little denial of Equal Protection will help end this beast also.


3 posted on 07/10/2012 1:25:43 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: NYer

President Barack Obama reiterated his support for the HHS birth control mandate, this time adding it’s “not fair” that a woman working for a Catholic institution should “bear the burden and the cost” of paying for her own contraception.

Life isn’t fair. If it was you would not be President!


4 posted on 07/10/2012 1:26:12 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: NYer

Mr. President...dude, what are you, five?


5 posted on 07/10/2012 1:26:47 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: NYer

I humbly request that the Obamadork state whether or not Muslims have to fund abortion.

Tick....tick....tick.....


6 posted on 07/10/2012 1:26:47 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: NYer
“But we did say that big Catholic hospitals or universities who employ a lot of non-Catholics and who receive a lot of federal money, that for them to be in a position to say to a woman who works there you can’t get that from your insurance company even though the institution isn’t paying for it, that that crosses the line where that woman, she suddenly is gonna have to bear the burden and the cost of that. And that’s not fair,” Obama stated.

Where does Ubama think that feral money came from?

It came from the same people who don't want to fund his abortifacient wet dreams.

7 posted on 07/10/2012 1:28:59 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: NYer

You know, if this was not The President but just some dork on the playground whining that everything was “not fair” he would be getting pantsed every day and probably beat up by girls


8 posted on 07/10/2012 1:29:09 PM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: NYer

Well, I don’t think it is fair that muzlims are exempt from paying for this crap but Christians will have to foot the bill for those animals.


9 posted on 07/10/2012 1:29:32 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: NYer
UNCLE....I'm crying UNCLE!! I give up.....Democrats have now convinced me of what they have been Preaching for decades......BLACKS and WOMEN CANNOT TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES....they are NOT CAPABLE, they are NOT SMART ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES!!!

OK, I'm falling in line with what Democrats believe and say....BLACKS AND WOMEN ARE STUPID PETS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF.....GOT IT!!

10 posted on 07/10/2012 1:30:37 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: NYer

Yo, Bamster: neither will Muslims.


11 posted on 07/10/2012 1:31:44 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: NYer

According to Roberts the mandate is a tax, and most Catholic institutions are tax exempt, so good luck collecting.


12 posted on 07/10/2012 1:32:54 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: NYer

Didn’t he give Muslims a blanket waiver?

Hopefully that little denial of Equal Protection will help end this beast of a law.


13 posted on 07/10/2012 1:35:02 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Vince Ferrer

This whole mess will be a full employment bill for high priced lawyers.....


14 posted on 07/10/2012 1:36:34 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: SECURE AMERICA
President Barack Obama reiterated his support for the HHS birth control mandate, this time adding it’s “not fair” that a woman working for a Catholic institution should “bear the burden and the cost” of paying for her own contraception.

My GF works for a Catholic hospital.Here is their policy.

They DO NOT cover BC at the hospital pharmacy for the employees (They prefer employees buy their r/x from the hospital if possible-give lower copays etc as an incentive).

The hospital does cover BC at outside Brand X pharmacies such as Wal-mart.

15 posted on 07/10/2012 1:40:23 PM PDT by trailhkr1 (That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence - Christopher Hitchen)
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To: NYer
she suddenly is gonna have to bear the burden and the cost of that. And that’s not fair,” Obama stated.

Oh, the HORROR!! Having to pay for her own stuff? That is too cruel! That's inhumane!

Obama ought to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 so that Julia can get her free stuff. Oh, wait...

16 posted on 07/10/2012 1:41:25 PM PDT by Luna (Evil will not triumph. God is at the helm.)
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To: NYer
that woman, she suddenly is gonna have to bear the burden and the cost of that.

Boo-hoo?

17 posted on 07/10/2012 1:43:47 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: shalom aleichem

Your post assumes that the court would strike it down based on a violation of equal protection.

We’ve already seen that the “jury box of liberty” is closed.


18 posted on 07/10/2012 1:45:05 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: RichInOC
Mr. President...dude, what are you, five?

It's worse than that.


19 posted on 07/10/2012 1:47:53 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

If it starts to affect you/me,

look into the Christian health sharing ministries.

Somehow, this exemption got left in the law. Members of these health sharing ministries are exempt from the mandate.

However, we’ll all be affected by the lack of supply of medical services due the socialization of the system.


20 posted on 07/10/2012 1:48:05 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: shalom aleichem
Didn’t he give Muslims a blanket waiver?

You bet ... and also the Amish, along with several other religious groups.

21 posted on 07/10/2012 1:57:32 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

FU BO.


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23 posted on 07/10/2012 2:10:04 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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