Skip to comments.White House: No More Compromise on Contraception
Posted on 02/12/2012 7:59:57 PM PST by Qbert
White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on Sunday defended President Barack Obamas decision to relax a requirement that religious employers cover contraception in health plans, saying the president struck an appropriate balance and wasnt open to further compromise.
I have to say that the solution that we came up with puts no religious institution in a position where it either has to pay for or facilitate the provision of benefits they find objectionable, Mr. Lew said on CNNs State of the Union with Candy Crowley.
Mr. Lew said the president put out a solid plan, and when asked whether there is more room for compromising said, No. This is our plan.
In an appearance on CBSs Face the Nation, Mr. Lew said, Were going to go ahead and implement it. He said the White House has broad consensus not universal consensus that this is an approach thats right.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Friday it wanted the entire birth-control mandate rescinded. The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for [Health and Human Services] to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services, the bishops said in a statement issued late Friday.
We note that todays proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions, the bishops said, while also urging Catholics to write to their representatives in opposition to the policy.
A long fight could damage the presidents support among Catholics who favored him in the last presidential election.
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I don't understand why he's picking on Catholics...
I’m sorry....did I miss something? What was the first “compromise”?
American people: screw you, barack obama.
I hear that Muslims got an exemption on this.But the Catholics can go pound sand????
A long fight could damage the presidents support among Catholics who favored him in the last presidential election.Yes, I hope this is the case, but I also thought that ObamaCare would turn most Republicans against Willard "free abortions for all" Romney, yet he's still competitive for reasons beyond my ken to explain.
He's a pro at it in fact.
Your final answer Obama? .... Game On !!!!
The Church should drag his sorry butt to Court. Who knows? Maybe between the Church, some if the states and other parties, we could get this law declared unconstitutional once and for all. I have no confidence Congress will repeal.
I say it is past time to start ex-communicating all Catholics who backed obama on this. It will be a way the Church could and should show how serious they are about this issue, starting with Pelosi.
“Im sorry....did I miss something? What was the first compromise?
Yep. It was all a lie:
The House should pass a bill to prevent this...and we’ll see how all those ‘on the fence’ dems in the Senate react...it could be ready for the next president to sign.
If one republican would stand up and point out the obvious; the birth control pills is not a HEALTH CARE issue and therefore should not be covered by HEALTH insurance, Obama and his media would be painted into a corner.
I guess Obama has given up on having news conferences soon.
The muslims haven’t got an exemption....yet. They may not...as they have historically not raised the same gambling objections to SSI, car insurance, or home insurance. We shall see...but the idea that any president can wave his magic wand and decide on such things is what scares me.
But the pregnancy leads to a birth and another covered person for the insurance company, therefore the insurance company gets to collect more money. So, is this statement really true. Don't insurance companies make more when they cover more people?
I do believe he is on a path to the lowest popular vote for any incumbent President in history.
"If one republican would stand up and point out the obvious; the birth control pills is not a HEALTH CARE issue and therefore should not be covered by HEALTH insurance, Obama and his media would be painted into a corner."
Agree. Why is it so hard for them to speak in plain English and say the obvious?
You know where there is going don’t you....two children per family and use the rejected fetal cells to grow organs for the Federal Organ Factory.
You obviously don’t CAIR.
The thing to consider about waivers is that the original mandate stays in place. A waiver exempts you from it but the mandate is still there and can be reinstated at any time.
“I do believe he is on a path to the lowest popular vote for any incumbent President in history.”
From your lips to God’s ear.
Now, if only the Stupid Party would cowboy up on the issue of poll watchers.
Liberal Catholics sell out again for nothing?
I wish someone would explain to me by what constitutional authority can the president grant waivers to bills legally signed into law? It’s my understanding these actions do not come under the powers granted to president by the constitution. What am I missing?
Lew The Liar! I watched him with Chris Wallace, It was a lying talking points fest. I thought my head was going to explode!
In general, they only collect more premium when a couple moves to family status after their first child is born.
This is just more evidence that, to liberals, human beings are just parasites on this earth and even for each other. They view each new life as a “net cost” to society instead of a valuable contributor to it. They don’t understand that if our nation keeps killing babies and contracepting itself to the point that we have less than 2 children per couple, we are placing the burden of Social Secruity and Medicare on fewer and fewer people. We need more young people to pay the bills that this administration is running up, not less.
Barak is using his “ex cathedra” voice on this issue.
The liberal Catholics are with the conservative Catholics on this one. There’s a link on it.
He does what George Soros tells him to do...
he just doesn’t get the “consent of the governed” part
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LOL! The Whitehouse sent Vice President Bite-me onto Bill Cunningham’s radio show to talk “Catholic-to-Catholic” tonight. Bite-me spun, but I wish Cunningham would have pressed him a lot harder....
“Will no one rid me of this troublesome president?”
Not to mention that people seem to think it is reasonable to compromise between a basic right and a political policy agenda...or to take poll results as an indication of what the Catholic Church should be saying about contraception.
Luke 16.8: "The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light."
I heard some lib on one of the morning talk shows making the point—that use of contraception is a “cheaper” alternative to having children. And it would be so at the end of life—cheaper to get rid of those useless old people. What is happening to this country?
We shall see.
Obama was only really worried about those lib Catholics that supported Obama-care and this was a fake (non-existent) compromise to give them a face save to join him again. If this is still a story in a week then Obama’s scam has failed.
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In November 2009, Bishop Thomas Tobin barred Representative Patrick Kennedy from communion because of his position on abortion. Kennedy told the Providence Journal that Tobin instructed priests in the diocese not to give him communion; Tobin denied this.
I wouldn’t sweat it- there is time. Remember, Obamacare was even favored to some degree in the polls in the early stages before people started learning about the details... and then everybody with at least half a brain hated it.
Obama may think he’s being really clever here- but the more this drags on, the more I think he’s going to regret. He’ll move on to his next piece of the Constitution to shred... but people of faith won’t forget what he did here. You don’t force religious people to subsidize abortifacients.
I won’t pay for my kids to get cigarettes.
Obama: No problem, we will simply require the supermarket to give them to him free. Then they will raise the prices of all groceries to cover the cost. That way you won’t be paying for it.
The bishops and priests are taking their own souls in their hands if they do not follow Gods law. Their judgement will be severe.
Obama probably figures he loses some Catholics over this but gains a larger number of women who will be grateful for "free" birth control mandated by him. Freedom of religion is our birthright but they will sell it out for a mess of pottage.
But at least people may be reminded of the fact they didn't want Obamacare to begin with or to have the federal government controlling all the little details of their lives.
When I heard that Lee guy on Fox News Sunday talking about the Catholic Organizations that support Obama’s “compromise” I was screaming at the TV.
Lee is the American (Obamaville) version of Goebbels (along with the Media of course).
"I hope the bishops will manage to make their opposition to the "compromise" heard. So far all Obama has speaking out on his side is that useful-idiot nun who was gung-ho for Obamacare all along, and the president of Notre Dame University."
Yep. I hope he will hear it loud and clear, not only from the bishops, but from the pro-Constitution Tea Parties and religious rallies a few months from now.
This is because the libs look upon pregnancy and motherhood as an affliction, not a blessing, as per Margaret Sanger, the lib's patron saint of radical feminism and founder of Planned Parenthood.
She has said that motherhood was the greatest evil a woman could commit, and that women would radically change the world via birth control.
Free abortion on demand. Abortion will be considered preventative medicine.
ic - I am surprised you are the first to point this out: of course the insurance co will have to increase costs on everything (at a net win for them) in order to cover the cost of abortions, which will be a largely new cost, due to the fact that I am not sure there are a lot of people having children because they can’t afford or can’t find a subsidized one at a “family planning” clinic. They are getting them anyway, the payor is now shifting from Planned Parenthood to the insurance company, who will pass this on, freeing PP to spend more funds elsewhere. No doubt they will go to securing more votes and more funding from Uncle Sam (the taxpayer), resulting in an essentially double taxation for a procedure that violates the deepest tenets of faith for many people, even those who are only quasi-religious at best.
This redoubles my determination that anyone who wants to work with me does so as a subcontractor. It also makes me wonder - if we can’t arrest the downward slide toward socialism by voting, if we shouldn’t all save up enough to live on for a while and go on strike and on the dole. Better perhaps to crash it to the bottom and pick up the pieces than let it drag on into deeper tyranny?
It actually is already free on demand. Just go to Planned Parenthood.
Only a little dictator like this would call a ‘lessening’ of an already un-Constitutional act, a compromise. And only the fools in the US media would be stupid enough to report it that way.