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GOP may let contraception rule take effect without a fight

Posted on 07/27/2012 6:05:24 PM PDT by LonelyCon

This spring, Republicans were on a mission: repeal the Obama administration’s rule to require employers to cover birth control. House Speaker John Boehner even stood on the floor of the House in February and promised that Congress would act. “This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand and will not stand,” Boehner said.

But now, with the rule set to take effect Wednesday — part of the “Obamacare” law the GOP hates so much — the fiery repeal rhetoric has fizzled. In fact, few on Capitol Hill are saying anything about it at all. And that House vote to block the rule? Never happened — and isn’t in the works either. A group of die-hards on the issue asked for it again in a closed-door meeting Wednesday with House leadership but said no promises were made.

Even Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), one of the most vocal critics of the rule and co-sponsor of a bill to eliminate it, has gone quiet now that the rule is about to kick in.

It’s a reminder of how fast things changed for Republicans this spring. What looked like a great attack line against the president on religious liberty — and a chance to rally evangelical and Catholic voters against President Barack Obama — quickly morphed into another example of what the left dubbed the Republicans’ “war on women.”

And it seems like House Republican leadership took the attacks to heart. A small group of House Republicans and religious liberty groups are trying to get the issue going again — including attempts to get the courts to halt it — but they’re not getting any traction with top Republicans.

“The administration’s mandate is an attack on religious freedom in America and that it needs to be reversed,” Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, told POLITICO. “We’re working closely with the Catholic bishops and others committed to religious liberty to find a path that will undo this attack on religious freedom.”

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boehner; contraception; obamacare
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Aargh...the GOPe caves again.
1 posted on 07/27/2012 6:05:35 PM PDT by LonelyCon
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To: LonelyCon

That is it. I will never think the GOP are “good guys” ever again.

2 posted on 07/27/2012 6:10:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: LonelyCon
I think the feeling may be that Romney is going to win and that it makes sense to wait until after the election to fight the religious liberty battle, since Obama would delight in playing himself and “women” as victims if they fought the battle now.

I am not naive about how spineless my party — the GOP — can be. But I think Romney's going to win and I believe the Republicans will have an easy time reversing the anti-religious aspects of Obamacare.

3 posted on 07/27/2012 6:10:37 PM PDT by utahagen
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4 posted on 07/27/2012 6:10:41 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: LonelyCon
The House has voted several times to repeal ObamaKKKare ~ and there's an election in three months.

Did you imagine the Senate was going to suddenly go along with the House?

5 posted on 07/27/2012 6:11:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: LonelyCon

At this point, I don’t see the point of voting. I caught a few minutes of Karl Rove on Fox today bragging about how much money he’s making. Guess who he’s making it off of?

6 posted on 07/27/2012 6:11:58 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: LonelyCon

It will be a different congress a few months from now.

Hopefully, one that doesn’t include Boehner.

7 posted on 07/27/2012 6:14:42 PM PDT by marron
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To: LonelyCon

What a bunch of pansies — they hear the media taking the leftist line and they fold like a cheap suit. Where are the spines? Don’t they know this is a winning issue? Good grief. Talk about suicidal tendencies.

8 posted on 07/27/2012 6:14:50 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: LonelyCon
"Aargh...the GOPe caves again."

Romney is the answer!

9 posted on 07/27/2012 6:16:08 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

Yup. I have been assured by a number of eminent political scholars on FR that once elected, the GOP that bails on this and other issues to placate the MSM/Libs is the very same one who will ensure he governs to the right. So we are all safe, fat and happy. No worries folks!

10 posted on 07/27/2012 6:20:42 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: LonelyCon
I frankly do not know why we should be concerned with such inanities while the nation is at stake.

If there is no United States of America, there will be no contraception within the former borders for an extended period of time, and I don't know why anybody should care about crap like that anyway.

Given the current environment, people should be concerned about beans, bullets and bandaids.

11 posted on 07/27/2012 6:23:57 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

i read that as barmaids ~ then cleared my eyes and you’d said ‘band aids’ ~

12 posted on 07/27/2012 6:26:42 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: utahagen

I’m with you.

N0bama needs to go NO matter what it takes.

Then we can work out the details.

13 posted on 07/27/2012 6:27:38 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's Welfare, Food Stamps, Division and Disability 'Legacy')
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To: elkfersupper

Now if you start a new job you will have to have CommieCare.

If you switch health plans, CommieCare.

No choice.

Free sterilization for women, free birth control

How much is this costing me? I don’t know.

It’s “preventative” care for women.

THank Senator Barbara Mikulski.

because God forbid if you had to copay! Even for sterilization for
women in college.

But now I have to get CommieCare.

We have already let our freedom go without a shout.

It’s over.

The Marxists have won.

Overwhelm the system with illegal alien, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank,
Food Stamps, stimulus.

Then, we let our freedom go without noticing.


IT’s disgusting.

One business owner got an injunction today in Federal Court.
But it only applies to them.

The rest of us -— are sentenced to CommieCare.

Bye Comrades! Bye Bye!

14 posted on 07/27/2012 6:29:58 PM PDT by preamble
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To: LonelyCon
Aargh...the GOPe caves again.

Kind of reminds you of Romney, doesn't it.

With Romney at the helm, it's only going to get worse.
15 posted on 07/27/2012 6:30:54 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Not enough people see that. If Obama is elected, the country goes. If the Romney is elected, the GOP goes and then the country will inevitably go as well.

Romney will give a short delay. But he will not stop what's happening. The electoral process will not stop what's happening. We passed the point where votes could make a difference.

I fear war and rumors of war. I see the Tiber foaming with blood.

16 posted on 07/27/2012 6:37:14 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: LonelyCon

Obamacare To Provide Free Purses To Promiscuous Females

The Obama administration has announced that females will now be eligible to recieve a free "Safe Sax Condom Purse" (Sandra Fluke model) under the President's Free Condom initiative which is part of the Obamacare program.

The purse (pictured here) contains 32 colorful "emergency" condoms sealed in easy open plastic pouches that are actually an integral part of the purse.

Now there will be no need for promiscuous females to forego that drunken sexual interlude or one-night-stand just because they forgot to grab some free condoms at the dorm or the local welfare office.

17 posted on 07/27/2012 6:40:56 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: LonelyCon
Aargh...the GOPe caves again.

Three things...

1. This is Politico, who will twist and turn any story to make Republicans look bad. Especially to Republican voters.

2. Do you really think the GOP House can keep the rule from taking effect? Doing so would require the approval of the Senate (not gonna happen) and the approval of the White House (not gonna happen, either).

3. The GOP House, the GOP Senate minority leader and the GOP Presidential candidate have all promised -- straightforwardly -- to kill Obamacare if they win the Presidency and Congressional majorities in the November election. Kill Obamacare and the contraception issue is closed.

Thus, the House didn't cave, as you suggest. Instead, they chose to save their bullets for a battle they could win. The same thing you would do if you were in their position...

18 posted on 07/27/2012 6:45:48 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: LonelyCon

There is no point in taking a vote now. The last time they voted, the left and the MSM had a field day saying how there are so many out of work and the GOP is wasting time on their 33rd vote to repeal Obamacare. What is the point of such a vote anyway when Harry Reid will not let it come up in the senate and even if he did, the senate would never approve it. Voting now only distracts from the negatives of Obama and gives the left something to beat the GOP over the head with.

19 posted on 07/27/2012 6:46:19 PM PDT by RayBob (If guns kill people, can I blame misspelled words on my keyboard?)
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To: Norm Lenhart; upchuck

Sen Jim DeMint, you know that liberal from SC, was on WMAL last week and Mark Levin this week. He said that the best strategy was to fund the Govt for only 6 months until the new Congress gets in. Once we get the New Congress with a President Romney, the plan was to end all of this nonsense.

He said he wanted to get all of this stuff done now to avoid a lame duck session and to put pressure on the Dems.

Again Politico is trying to spin this.

20 posted on 07/27/2012 6:46:39 PM PDT by Perdogg (Let's leave reading things in the Constitution that aren't there to liberals and Dems)
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