Skip to comments.Obama defends HHS mandate: ‘not fair’ that Catholics won’t fund birth control
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 thatll 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 doesnt go far enough and that the real, the much bigger issue is religious liberty, not contraception.
Obama responded, Yeah. Well its absolutely true that religious liberty is critical. I mean thats what our country was founded on.
“Thats 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 cant get that from your insurance company even though the institution isnt 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 thats 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 mandates 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.
Didn’t he give Muslims a blanket waiver?
Hopefully that little denial of Equal Protection will help end this beast also.
President Barack Obama reiterated his support for the HHS birth control mandate, this time adding its 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!
Mr. President...dude, what are you, five?
I humbly request that the Obamadork state whether or not Muslims have to fund abortion.
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.
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
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.
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!!
Yo, Bamster: neither will Muslims.
According to Roberts the mandate is a tax, and most Catholic institutions are tax exempt, so good luck collecting.
Didn’t he give Muslims a blanket waiver?
Hopefully that little denial of Equal Protection will help end this beast of a law.
This whole mess will be a full employment bill for high priced lawyers.....
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.
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...
that woman, she suddenly is gonna have to bear the burden and the cost of that.
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.
It's worse than that.
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.