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Obama Didn't Cave on Birth Control

ProudProgressive 2012/02/12 13:31:31
This has been an interesting week. It started with the President announcing regulations designed to protect the right of every American to choose for themselves whether or not to use birth control. The Right Wing instantly jumped on this to manufacture yet another phony "crisis" in their desperate attempt to distract the American people from the continued and growing success of President Obama's economic policies. While defending the "right" of the Catholic Church to deny its employees their First Amendment right to the "free exercise of religion", the Right revved up their latest phony meme, the so-called "War on Religion."

President Obama put these extremists in their place in about ten minutes, protecting the rights of Americans while simultaneously depriving the extremists of any leverage they might use to suppress those rights. The Right Wing's reaction was predictable - "Obama Caved", "Obama Lost". Reality says otherwise.

Perhaps the biggest contradiction in this latest pathetic Right Wing attack is that they have repeatedly accused the President of not listening to the American people. Common sense would say that when a leader proposes something and the people it affects express concerns, we would WANT him to try to reach an accommodation that will accomplish the goal of the proposal while respecting the rights of those who object. President Obama accomplished this almost effortlessly, yet now the very receptiveness to public opinion that the Right has accused the President of lacking has become the latest silly tool in a desperate and failing attack.

Article excerpt follows:

Obama Didn't Cave on Birth Control
—By Nick Baumann
Fri Feb. 10, 2012

So did Barack Obama fold?

On Friday, after taking heavy criticism from Catholic groups and the political right over a regulation that would have required religiously-affiliated hospitals and universities (not churches) to offer their employees health insurance that covers birth control (with no copays), President Barack Obama went on live television to announce a shift. Now, insurance companies will have to offer employees of religious organizations the birth control coverage directly, without charging extra for it. (The details of the new birth control coverage plan are here.)

Some media outlets will no doubt call this a surrender by the president. But it's not. Here's why:

Everyone who was going to get birth control coverage before will still have access to it. Employees of Catholic schools and hospitals aren't always Catholic, and most sexually active women who aren't trying to get pregnant use birth control. The new rule will not allow the religious views of the leadership of religiously-affiliated organizations to dictate whether birth control is provided to their employees. The intent of the first version of the rule was to make birth control easier to get. The new rule will achieve that goal. "No woman's health should depend on who she is, where she works, or how much money she makes," Obama said in his statement. This policy ensures that.

The coverage will still feature no copayments. The insurance companies that are being required to offer birth control coverage directly to the employees of religious organizations will have to offer it for free. There will be no difference in cost between the plan that covers birth control and the plan that doesn't. The Obama administration justifies this by noting that studies suggest that covering birth control is cost-neutral or even saves money for health insurers because it's cheaper than pregnancy; it spaces out pregnancies, leading to healthier kids, and has other beneficial health effects.

The policy change still won't satisfy the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which opposed the birth control provision from the start. It's not a cave if your opponents aren't getting what they actually want. What the bishops desire is for the entire birth control rule to be repealed. They believe that no employer—religious affiliation or not—should be required to offer birth control coverage. UPDATE, Friday 3:45 EST: The bishops have released a statement on the policy change that says they're "studying" it and it's a "first step in the right direction." It's unclear whether they'll ultimately retreat from their original position or simply say this attempt is a good step but not sufficient.

The most important reproductive rights groups—Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the American Civil Liberties Union, and so on—all support the policy shift. You can bet that these politically savvy groups would be hollering to high heaven if they thought that women had been betrayed.

This whole scuffle was an intriguing policy dilemma, pitting women's health advocates versus faith leaders waving the banner of religious freedom. But with this move, Obama has demonstrated that it's possible to sidestep the red-hot politics of the dispute and work out a reasonable policy outcome that's backed by reproductive rights groups and the Catholic Health Association. It's not likely, though, that the social conservatives who have bashed Obama as an implacable foe of religious freedom will give it a rest.

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  • Andrew 2012/02/12 13:48:50
    Andrew
    +9
    Of course the President did not compromise on the contraceptive issue. Contraception was not the issue in the first place. This was an assault on Constitutional Liberty. He simply transferred his Constitutional attack from religious institutions to private enterprise as they are easier to demonize and he could gain more sypathy from the sheep by attacking them. But, an attack on any Americans Constitutional Rights is an attack on us ALL and we will organize and teach this dictator a lesson he won't forget in November!

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  • JanHopkins 2012/02/12 22:17:34
    JanHopkins
    I tried reading this article using the "eliminate all inflamatory rhetoric" method but couldn't find much in it that wasn't inflamatory or biased. Now, I'm not saying that the conservatives don't employ the same methods, but c'mon, just the facts please.
  • luvguins 2012/02/12 22:14:28
    luvguins
    Oh, let the right rant on. They don't have a leg to stand on Constitutionally. This doesn't effect the establishment or free exercise of religion. Catholics can choose to use or not use contraception, but they can't dictate to affiliates they own if private health insurance will now be covering contraception as they have already in 28 states.
  • Carol 2012/02/12 19:51:19
    Carol
    +1
    The President is brillant, the GOP is alined with anti contraceptives, anti women's health, and just plain stupid.
  • oldcavpilot 2012/02/12 18:20:41
    oldcavpilot
    +5
    Is there a more misogynistic organization on the planet than the Catholic church?
  • Queen B oldcavp... 2012/02/12 19:51:31
    Queen B
    +2
    In a word....NO!
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/02/12 18:13:19
    jackolantyrn356
    You think a dedicated Marxist with an Eugenisist Agenda in the back of the Collective who thinks for him to ever back down???
    This , like the Eugenic beliefs of the NAZI, will hard to root out. America defeated the NAZI then imported tje Eugenic ways into the Heasrts of all the Racist Democrats of the 1950s, in th e '60s they created Family Planning with Margret Sanger and by Jimmy Carter time tried to bring down the American People. thefirst time. .......Fill in the rest your self
  • boneman1 2012/02/12 18:03:18
    boneman1
    All Obama's done is jump from one violation to another. He doesn't have the constitutional right to do either. He can't make a religious institution do something that is in violation of their religion and he doesn't have the right to tell insurance companies what services they have to provide and what to charge for those services. He's just adding to the reasons for the SCOTUS to rule Obamacare unconstitutional when they hear the case.
  • The Patriot RP 2012 2012/02/12 17:48:18
    The Patriot RP 2012
    A pack of Trojans cost about 6.98 at Walmart and the pills cost between 15-50 bucks a month why don't you pull out your wallet and pay for it instead of relying on the government to do it for you.

    If you can't afford it, you could always disconnect your internet, after all the internet is not a necessity.
  • ShakibSays... 2012/02/12 17:40:55 (edited)
    ShakibSays...
    Since when can the government make insurance companies pay for contraceptives??

    He is against the Constitution of the USA and has been from day one. This is what happens when a man hangs around with ex- terrorists and element who hate this country.



    socialist obama

    MORE OBAMA TITTY FOR ALL THE LEACHES WHO THINK THAT THE GOVERNMENT OWES THEM A LIVING.
  • CAROLYN NTARWNJBS 2012/02/12 16:22:34
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +5
    President Obama made hypocrites happy and continued to stand for womens reproductive rights.In the long run it was a win,win.I'm sure the right will continue the chest pounding but it just is a lose,lose for them.
  • The Pat... CAROLYN... 2012/02/12 17:47:52
    The Patriot RP 2012
    A pack of Trojans cost about 6.98 at Walmart and the pills cost between 15-50 bucks a month why don't you pull out your wallet and pay for it instead of relying on the government to do it for you.

    If you can't afford it, you could always disconnect your internet, after all the internet is not a necessity.
  • CAROLYN... The Pat... 2012/02/12 19:04:35
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +3
    I am overjoyed that it irritates you this much and power to the people.
  • The Pat... CAROLYN... 2012/02/13 01:00:48
    The Patriot RP 2012
    So what you are telling me, you are to damn lazy the carry your wide butt over to Walmart and plop down 7.00 bucks, then I must also surmise you are one of those who wishes that everyone should be paying for your lifestyle choices, irregardless of that lifestyle, no it doesn't irritate me, it angers me that we have people like you in this world who are useless sponges and want others to pay your way through life, that isn't Liberty and Freedom, that is selfishness and dictatorial.

    By the way I am a libertarian and you know nothing about power to the people, you only know what the government wants to give you.

    Libertarian
  • CAROLYN... The Pat... 2012/02/13 01:08:57
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    I need not descibe my life in anyway to somebody like you.Your insults prove nothing except your ignorance about the policies and LAW being put into place.Yes,it will happen and yes you have lost the fight.Look on the bright side...abortions will go down in number and they won't grow up to be liberals.lol
  • The Pat... CAROLYN... 2012/02/13 03:53:34
    The Patriot RP 2012
    No, I am right about you, I haven't lost anything you on the other hand lack the intelligence to comprehend that people like you on the left and others on the right are the biggest threat to losing our rights as citizens due to your blind following of two parties that are actually one in the same, don't let your brain explode when you try to comprehend what I am talking about.
  • CAROLYN... The Pat... 2012/02/13 03:57:54
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    Indulge yourself in your ignorance.I have a re-election to get ready for.
  • The Pat... CAROLYN... 2012/02/13 13:58:11
    The Patriot RP 2012
    LMAO, pick your poison carefully, one will kill you instantly the other does it in a more subtle but still lethal way,
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/02/12 15:23:05
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    This Unconstitutional "health care" bill clearly violates the First Amendment on this issue.

    Note: While this post mocks the homosexual priests, it goes no further into the pandemic of homosexual pedophilia. Homosexuals molest/rape at a rate of 12 to 1 (Cameron, et. al.)
  • Andy 2012/02/12 15:12:24
    Andy
    +1
    To me... it is the political ploy... GO TO THE EXTREME, so when you have discussions you come back more to the middle, and you get what you want. If you had proposed the middle in the first place, you may never have passed anything. The Roman Catholics were a pawn in this Obama scheme!!
  • Idiot repubs 2012/02/12 14:58:08
    Idiot repubs
    +4
    He got exactly what he wanted and made the GOP look like women haters.
  • Someone Else 2012/02/12 14:22:51
    Someone Else
    +3
    I always thought as American citizens we have the right to choose anything we wish. So the Catholics don't practice birth control but pedophilia among Catholic priest's runs rampant and is acceptable even by the Pope.

    So we need a President to pass a law so that people are allowed to make their own decisions? Has America been dumbed down to the point they can't think for themselves anymore? Or is this just another attack on people's religious freedoms?

    Simply put if your stupid enough to get involved with a cult religion that doesn't practice birth control then perhaps you do need a President to do your thinking for you.
  • culpepper 2012/02/12 14:10:37
    culpepper
    +1
    it's a good thing :)
  • Andrew 2012/02/12 13:48:50
    Andrew
    +9
    Of course the President did not compromise on the contraceptive issue. Contraception was not the issue in the first place. This was an assault on Constitutional Liberty. He simply transferred his Constitutional attack from religious institutions to private enterprise as they are easier to demonize and he could gain more sypathy from the sheep by attacking them. But, an attack on any Americans Constitutional Rights is an attack on us ALL and we will organize and teach this dictator a lesson he won't forget in November!
  • Evil 1 Andrew 2012/02/12 14:22:17
    Evil 1
    +3
    Very well stated and spot on! All he did was take the same BS attack on our Constitutional Liberties and put it in a new, shiny wrapper.
  • Andrew Evil 1 2012/02/12 14:27:54
    Andrew
    +3
    The public school system has succeeded in building an army of Constitutional Illiterates and they are being led by the Constitutional Pervert in the White House! I am afaid this will get worse before itgets better!
  • Oranged... Andrew 2012/02/12 16:26:43
    Orangedragan
    +2
    Cool story, bro. Especially considering the fact that the people all involved disagree with you.
  • Andrew Oranged... 2012/02/12 20:11:23
    Andrew
    Namely who, you and ProudProgressive?! Very funny!
  • Oranged... Andrew 2012/02/12 20:31:57
    Orangedragan
    +1
    Try reading the article again.
  • Andrew Oranged... 2012/02/12 23:20:55
    Andrew
    Don't need to read it again. I understand it fully.
  • Oranged... Andrew 2012/02/13 05:52:47
    Orangedragan
    Obviously not.
  • betz 2012/02/12 13:34:11
    betz
    +5
    Neither are getting what they want. It's called a compromise. No?
  • RandySc... betz 2012/02/12 14:53:50
    RandyScott (Party of One)
    +1
    Obama got exactly what he wanted. There was no real compromise. All he did was to use different word to do exactly what he wanted, and every fool out there brought into it.
  • betz RandySc... 2012/02/12 14:54:54
    betz
    +2
    Actually the more I read it isn't quite over yet.
  • Idiot r... betz 2012/02/12 14:59:29
    Idiot repubs
    +1
    The gop WILL FIGHT AGAINST SOMETHING EVERYONE WANTS, BRILLIANT!
  • betz Idiot r... 2012/02/12 15:01:25 (edited)
    betz
    +3
    No...... religious organzations will oppose it. BTW..not everyone wants it. I certainly don't want this gov't healthcare.
  • Idiot r... betz 2012/02/12 15:04:40
    Idiot repubs
    +1
    The church is happy with the decision, only the GOP hates women more.
  • betz Idiot r... 2012/02/12 16:28:48
    betz
    I know I'm going to be talking to a brick wall but the GOP does not hate women. You are being foolish.
  • Idiot r... betz 2012/02/12 17:01:46
    Idiot repubs
    +3
    I don’t know, since most of them probably had mothers and maybe even sisters and wives and some are actually female themselves. But their agenda for women and children is pure hate – it supports rape, murder, poverty, starvation, ignorance, pregnancy and slavery. Here is a list of misogynist bills introduced by Republicans in the past two weeks showing what they want for women.

    1) Rape: Republicans are actually trying to redefine rape to exclude drugging a women and raping her, or getting her drunk and raping her. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't the language is still out there.

    2) More Rape. A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other crimes, like robbery, would remain "victims." Apparently in Georgia if a women is raped, she isn’t really – is just an annoying accuser. Which means the rapist is not really a criminal.

    3) Murder. In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder anyone who injures or threatens a fetus, including a doctor who provides abortion care and the mother. He denies it has anything to do with abortion so I guess it is aimed at makingit OK for a husband or boyfriend to kill his partner if he thinks she might injure the fetus- like in a car accident, or he just doesn’t like her anymore.
  • Idiot r... Idiot r... 2012/02/12 17:02:15
    Idiot repubs
    +3
    4) Starvation. Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. But payments to corporations to not grow food to keep prices up is still in the budget.

    5) Death. In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life (so she and fetus die.)

    6) Ignorance and slavery. Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working. They should be slaves to their husbands instead.

    7) More ignorance. At the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

    8) Poverty and starvation. Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

    9) Sickness. Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

    10) Barefoot and pre...
    4) Starvation. Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. But payments to corporations to not grow food to keep prices up is still in the budget.

    5) Death. In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life (so she and fetus die.)

    6) Ignorance and slavery. Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working. They should be slaves to their husbands instead.

    7) More ignorance. At the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

    8) Poverty and starvation. Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

    9) Sickness. Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

    10) Barefoot and pregnant. And if that wasn't enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (for humans only - Republican Dan Burton, who supports eliminating funds for family planning has introduced a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. Horses have more value to him than America’s women?).
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  • luvguins Idiot r... 2012/02/12 22:05:18
    luvguins
    +2
    Excellence evidence. The only women not hated by Republicans are their obedient Stepford wives.

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