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Friday, February 10, 2012

President Obama Amends Controversial Birth Control Rule

President Barack Obama announces the revamp of his contraception policy in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP)

By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama declared Friday he’s found a solution that will protect religious liberty but also ensure that women have access to free birth control, as he rushed to defuse an election-year political uproar that threatened to overtake his administration.

Capping weeks of growing controversy, Obama announced he was backing off a newly announced requirement for religious employers to provide free birth control coverage even if it runs counter to their religious beliefs. Instead, workers at such institutions will be able to get free birth control coverage directly from health insurance companies.

“Religious liberty will be protected and a law that requires free preventative care will not discriminate against women,” Obama said in a brief appearance in the White House briefing room.

“I understand some folks in Washington want to treat this as another political wedge issue. But it shouldn’t be. I certainly never saw it that way,” Obama said. “This is an issue where people of good will on both sides of the debate have been sorting through some very complicated questions.

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  • Laura Meckler, reporter for The Wall Street Journal

 


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  • Gregr3398

    As Catholics, we believe God has a clear plan for Sexuality.  It is a good thing, and artificial contraception takes God out of this plan.  

    RE: the church getting out of heath care/education and sticking strictly to worship…  Hundreds of years ago, only the very rich or royalty could go to school and receive medical treatment.  The Catholic church made it possible for all people to receive these things we now take for granted.

    • First Amendment Advocate

      It is perfectly fine for you to believe whatever you choose to believe. It is not fine for you or any person or group to demand that others follow your beliefs, whether in their thoughts or in their actions. Don’t use contraceptives if that violates your code, but don’t demand the same from others. And keep your religious beliefs OUT of politics, PLEASE!

      • It

        I agree “a normal female” is is not fine for you or any person or group to demand that others follow your beliefs and it is even worse to make someone pay for your insurance so you can do it.

  • Female physician

    Why are not life saving drugs or drugs that restore normal fertility free from copay? What makes a recreational drug like contraceptives worthy of being free?

    • Sarah

      I wish I knew which hospital you worked for so that I don’t have the chance of ever having you as my doctor.

    • a normal female

      Contraceptives a “recreational drug” ?? You sound like someone who either hates people, hates sex, or hates to know that people are having a good time engaging in sex…a perfectly natural and HEALTHY good time. I’m astonished that you chose to be a physician.

      • Robert Long View

        sex is the only entertainment some can afford

    • It

      …but they want it Female physician. It is the mean drug companies, doctors and conservatives that are just plain mean and won’t pay for everything they want. Most of them don’t act old enough to have sex.

      • Robert Long View

        i remember when, in GA a woman could marry at age 13 but the man probably had to be at least 16 — so he could properly care/raise his fetching bride

  • BHA in Vermont

    Do insurance companies currently price coverage ala carte? Is there an ‘add on’ price to have contraceptive coverage in health plans? 

    It seems bizarre that insurance provided by some religious groups doesn’t have to include contraceptive coverage but the insurance company has to provide it at no cost to the insured or their employer if requested by an individual. However, insurance plans for everyone else could cost a teeny tiny bit more because they cover contraceptives?

    • Robert Long View

      America is a religious nation so we subsidize and promote Religion.  why not if it helps with the “Focus on the Family’ lot and raising children.

  • It

    What an insult to common sense this compromise is. The insurance companies will provide it for free? Really? That is so nice. There is no way they will just add it to the premium paid. They will just do it for free. I think I can see why the debt has doubled under this president. That is pretty simple economics.

  • Robert Long View

    Once again, it looks as if the Radical Right Anti-abortion faction has reared its ugly head.  You can thank the Catholic Bishops concerned for women’s rights… .

    • It

      Wow what a stretch. This is the liberal left trying to increase government control and spending and forcing people to pay for others actions and passing it off as concern for womens health.

      • Robert Long View

        say Christian Abortion Clinic Bombers… .

        • It

          Now that is a real stretch. because I dont think I should be forced to pay for someone elses healthcare I am an abortion clinic bomber? Women were dying the streets everywhere with babies just exploding out of their bellies before this president came in to save us all. This has nothing to do with womens health and is just step one of many to come from a federal government takeover of healthcare.

  • Ape Dant

    on a different tack – when did “amends” get its extra “m”  I wonder?

  • X-Ray

    So let’s see. The Obama Administration says the Church doesn’t have to pay a premium for contraceptive care but the insurance companies have to cover it. So who is paying for it? Smoke and mirrors. The politicians must think we are idiots. Why don’t they apply the same technique to the deficit; no one’s taxes are increased but the debt is paid anyhow? Magic. No one pays but it is done anyway. Poof!

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