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White House: No More Compromise on Contraception
WSJ ^ | FEBRUARY 12, 2012 | Jared A. Favole & Julian E. Barnes

Posted on 02/12/2012 7:59:57 PM PST by Qbert

White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on Sunday defended President Barack Obama’s decision to relax a requirement that religious employers cover contraception in health plans, saying the president struck an appropriate balance and wasn’t 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 CNN’s 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 CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Mr. Lew said, “We’re going to go ahead and implement it.” He said the White House has “broad consensus – not universal consensus – that this is an approach that’s 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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Friday it wanted the entire birth-control mandate rescinded.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 today’s 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 president’s support among Catholics who favored him in the last presidential election.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; contraception; contraceptionmandate; lyingmuslim; obama; phonycompromise; waronreligion
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I don't understand why he's picking on Catholics...

1 posted on 02/12/2012 8:00:05 PM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

I’m sorry....did I miss something? What was the first “compromise”?


2 posted on 02/12/2012 8:02:32 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Now I know how the average lefty would feel if Fred Phelps were elected President.)
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To: Qbert

American people: screw you, barack obama.


3 posted on 02/12/2012 8:02:54 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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To: Qbert

I hear that Muslims got an exemption on this.But the Catholics can go pound sand????


4 posted on 02/12/2012 8:03:10 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Qbert
A long fight could damage the president’s 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.
6 posted on 02/12/2012 8:03:42 PM PST by Timaeus (Willard Mitt Romney Delenda Est)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Lew is well practiced at official lying.

He's a pro at it in fact.

7 posted on 02/12/2012 8:05:14 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Qbert

Your final answer Obama? .... Game On !!!!


8 posted on 02/12/2012 8:05:40 PM PST by 11th_VA (Keep your laws OFF my light bulbs !)
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To: Qbert

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.


9 posted on 02/12/2012 8:06:06 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Qbert

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.


10 posted on 02/12/2012 8:07:43 PM PST by mardi59 ( Newt brings hope, and CHANGE is coming. 2012)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

“I’m sorry....did I miss something? What was the first “compromise”?

Yep. It was all a lie:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2845298/posts


11 posted on 02/12/2012 8:08:37 PM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

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.


12 posted on 02/12/2012 8:09:32 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Qbert

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.


13 posted on 02/12/2012 8:11:34 PM PST by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: Qbert

I guess Obama has given up on having news conferences soon.


14 posted on 02/12/2012 8:12:21 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: Farmer Dean

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.


15 posted on 02/12/2012 8:14:20 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Qbert
Mr. Lew said insurers would cover the cost because it’s more expensive to pay for pregnancies than contraception.

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?

16 posted on 02/12/2012 8:15:23 PM PST by MulberryDraw (Anyone see the democrat budget yet?)
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To: Qbert

I do believe he is on a path to the lowest popular vote for any incumbent President in history.


17 posted on 02/12/2012 8:16:34 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Baynative

"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?

18 posted on 02/12/2012 8:16:54 PM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Mike Darancette

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.


19 posted on 02/12/2012 8:17:47 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Farmer Dean

You obviously don’t CAIR.


20 posted on 02/12/2012 8:17:59 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Qbert

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.


21 posted on 02/12/2012 8:19:06 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: ElkGroveDan

“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.


22 posted on 02/12/2012 8:20:16 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Qbert

Liberal Catholics sell out again for nothing?


23 posted on 02/12/2012 8:20:42 PM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: Qbert

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?


24 posted on 02/12/2012 8:24:28 PM PST by vortigern
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To: muawiyah

Lew The Liar! I watched him with Chris Wallace, It was a lying talking points fest. I thought my head was going to explode!


25 posted on 02/12/2012 8:25:53 PM PST by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: MulberryDraw

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.


26 posted on 02/12/2012 8:27:59 PM PST by VinceASA
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Barak is using his “ex cathedra” voice on this issue.


27 posted on 02/12/2012 8:28:57 PM PST by glorgau
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To: Qbert
It's good to be the king...

28 posted on 02/12/2012 8:29:23 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
I do believe he is on a path to the lowest popular vote for any incumbent
President in history.

don't count on it, the (stupid) ppl voted for him last time, too....
many are still alive, but not in Chicago.

29 posted on 02/12/2012 8:30:32 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (remaining) Liberals :^)
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To: sickoflibs

The liberal Catholics are with the conservative Catholics on this one. There’s a link on it.


30 posted on 02/12/2012 8:30:43 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Qbert

He does what George Soros tells him to do...


31 posted on 02/12/2012 8:30:49 PM PST by angelcindy ("Those who follow the crowd,gets no further than the crowd")
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To: Qbert

he just doesn’t get the “consent of the governed” part


32 posted on 02/12/2012 8:33:12 PM PST by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
So many people have spoken out on this issue that I am amazed that you missed it.

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33 posted on 02/12/2012 8:34:12 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Qbert

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....


34 posted on 02/12/2012 8:34:13 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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“Will no one rid me of this troublesome president?”


35 posted on 02/12/2012 8:37:50 PM PST by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: Qbert
This was cleverly stage-managed--the announcement came on Friday and took some time to analyze so by the time the Catholic bishops came out and denounced it, they had lost time and meanwhile the media was pushing the Obama talking points. The result is that a lot of people are confused and think there was a concession by the Obama administration.

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."

36 posted on 02/12/2012 8:40:11 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: VinceASA; MulberryDraw

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?


37 posted on 02/12/2012 8:46:41 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: Salvation
RE :”The liberal Catholics are with the conservative Catholics on this one. There’s a link on it.

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.

38 posted on 02/12/2012 8:48:09 PM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: mardi59

As a matter of fact and public record:

Kathleen Sebelius

In May 2008, Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann said that Kathleen Sebelius should stop receiving communion because of her support for abortion rights, and that she should not again take it unless she publicly stated that she opposed abortion rights.[22][23][24]

[edit] Joe Biden

After Joe Biden, a pro-choice Catholic, was nominated as a vice presidential candidate in the 2008 presidential election, Bishop Joseph Francis Martino of Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, said Biden would be refused communion in that diocese because of his support for abortion rights.[7] Biden was not refused communion in his then-parish of Wilmington, Delaware.[25]

[edit] Patrick Kennedy

In November 2009, Bishop Thomas Tobin barred Representative Patrick Kennedy from communion because of his position on abortion.[26] Kennedy told the Providence Journal that Tobin instructed priests in the diocese not to give him communion; Tobin denied this.[26]


39 posted on 02/12/2012 8:54:03 PM PST by stanne
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To: Verginius Rufus

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.


40 posted on 02/12/2012 8:56:29 PM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

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.

BRILLIANT!


41 posted on 02/12/2012 9:02:59 PM PST by icwhatudo
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To: stanne

The bishops and priests are taking their own souls in their hands if they do not follow Gods law. Their judgement will be severe.


42 posted on 02/12/2012 9:04:38 PM PST by mardi59 ( Newt brings hope, and CHANGE is coming. 2012)
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To: Qbert
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.

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.

43 posted on 02/12/2012 9:07:27 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
This isn't about being Catholic, it's all about the First Amendment and the sanctity, (if that's the right word), of our Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.

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).

44 posted on 02/12/2012 9:17:15 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: Verginius Rufus

"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.

45 posted on 02/12/2012 9:19:48 PM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Baynative
> birth control pills is not a HEALTH CARE issue ... Listen VERY carefully to the libs defending it, to them birth control IS PREVENTATIVE CARE!

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.

46 posted on 02/12/2012 9:23:39 PM PST by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: Sacajaweau
You know where there is going don’t you..

Free abortion on demand. Abortion will be considered preventative medicine.

47 posted on 02/12/2012 9:41:13 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: icwhatudo; Qbert

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?


48 posted on 02/12/2012 9:44:14 PM PST by Apogee (sometimes one should quit shoveling... and use RDX?)
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To: Mike Darancette

It actually is already free on demand. Just go to Planned Parenthood.


49 posted on 02/12/2012 9:45:54 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Psycho_Bunny

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.


50 posted on 02/12/2012 9:56:36 PM PST by CT (Make Mine Newt)
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