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On Contraception, Obama Asks Insurance Companies to Save the Day

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Posted on Feb 10, 2012
Jenny Lee Silver (CC-BY)

President Obama announced Friday a proposal he hopes will mollify conservatives who are irked about a rule that would require religious employers to provide free contraceptive products to workers under company health insurance plans. The proposal’s success banks on the generosity of insurance companies, which will be asked to pay for the services themselves. —ARK

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“Religious liberty will be protected, and a law that requires free preventive care will not discriminate against women,” Mr. Obama told reporters in the White House briefing room. He said the “political football” his foes were making of the new rule prompted him to speed up work on a solution. “It became clear that spending months hammering a solution was not going to be an option.”

… The administration plan most closely resembles Hawaii’s, in which employees at religious institutions whose health insurance plans do not offer free contraception can get birth control through side benefits. The difference, though, is that whereas in Hawaii the employees nominally pay for the benefits, the Obama proposal would shift the cost to insurers. Administration officials hope that insurers will not object because in the long run, they argue, contraceptives end up saving more money than they cost because they prevent unwanted pregnancies.

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By K-Dog, February 13, 2012 at 11:44 pm Link to this comment
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get over it anti-choice losers go back to the 50’s and realize that sometimes woman have a stake in this and if they want to prevent unwanted pregnancy by taking a pill that just because they work (not always practicing) that they should be involved and that just like all the other “rights” we have. this is one that shouldn’t involve religion in the heading, deal with it

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By Blackspeare, February 11, 2012 at 8:38 am Link to this comment

There was no compromise­. There was no accommodat­ion. It’s all a Jedi mind-trick­! The church affiliated organizati­on will not directly cover contracept­ive medication­s, but will defer to the insurance carrier who must then provide such benefits to the individual at no more than the cost to the organizati­on which in most cases is zero. In the future the insurance carriers will charge a small fee for this addition, but in the end it is a plus for the insurance industry because a pregnancy is many times more costly than the cost of birth control drugs.

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By Fibonacci65, February 11, 2012 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

Thanks for these comments—I got slammed on Truthout for stating that this was not a compromise nor a solution, it was merely the usual cave in.  So he’s counting on the insurance companies to do the right thing—LOL!

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By Fibonacci65, February 11, 2012 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

Thanks for these comments—I got slammed on Truthout for stating that this was not a compromise nor a solution, it was merely the usual cave in.  So he’s counting on the insurance companies to do the right hing—LOL!

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By Blueokie, February 11, 2012 at 12:21 am Link to this comment

“My base has no choice, they have no where else to go.”  (Explanation of rationalization, not an endorsement or apologia.)

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By Outraged, February 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment

The whiney liars that call themselves the Catholic Church are between a rock and a hard place now. What’ll be their next complaint?

You must know your message of salvation is damn weak if the only way to maintain the flock is by breeding them and subsequently inculcating them.

But either way, the felonious church can’t argue anyone is usurping their conscience any more, just their pocketbook. Of course that is where their real faith lies, so I’m sure they’ll be more supposed claims of victimhood.

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By Big B, February 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment

here here ardee.

I was sitting in my living room discussing the news of the day with my wife on wednsday night and wondered aloud on what issue Barry would cave on first. Would it be birth control, or the Keystone pipeline?

Got my answer.

How does this man stand up without a spine?

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By ardee, February 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment

If one does not like an Obama decision one merely has to wait a bit and he will obligingly reverse himself.

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