The White House waves white flag on contraception mandate, but what I find striking is that this mandate is nothing new. Most of Obama’s controversial birth control mandate was law under former president George W. Bush and Republicans, like John Boehner, didn’t say peep.
ABC News: “With the White House under fire for its new rule requiring employers including religious organizations to offer health insurance that fully covers birth control coverage, ABC News has learned that later today the White House — possibly President Obama himself — will likely announce an attempt to accommodate these religious groups.
The move, based on state models, will almost certainly not satisfy bishops and other religious leaders since it will preserve the goal of women employees having their birth control fully covered by health insurance.
Sources say it will be respectful of religious beliefs but will not back off from that goal, which many religious leaders oppose since birth control is in violation of their religious beliefs.”
Never mind the fact that most Catholics agree with some parts of the contraceptive law.
Public Policy Polling: “56% of voters generally support the birth control benefit, while 37% are opposed. Independents strongly favor it, 55/36, and a lot more Republicans (36%) support it than Democrats (20%) oppose it. Women are for it by a 63/29 margin.
-Only 39% of voters support an exemption for Catholic hospitals and universities from providing the benefit, while 57% are opposed to one.”
UPDATE#1: President Obama is expected to announce religious employers will not be mandated to offer free contraceptive coverage for workers, according to Politico. That’s just like Obamacare and all the waivers that the Obama Administration gave as they waved the white flag then. Obama will demand that the insurance companies rather than religious employers take the lead in enrolling employees for birth control benefits and covering the costs. Another white flag.