It sounds as if Pres. Obama is about to give “Plan B” a try in regard to his attacks on the Catholic Church and the first amendment. He may be close to aborting his aggressive mandate against religious liberty. A bitter pill for him to swallow.
It’ll be interesting to see what he conceives to be an “accommodation”.
UPDATE 17:30 GMT:
I watched the President a few minutes ago, and I am still mulling.
It was hardly a surprise that he would start out justifying what he did.
Again, I note the constant use of the Orwellian term “preventive services” and the incessant emphases on “access” (as if women can’t get what they want when they want it) and absolute dedication to make this all “free” (as if nobody has to pay for it anywhere along the chain), and their relentless use of questionable numbers/statistics to side-step the moral question by claiming a “majority” (as if there were no objective right or wrong).
For Pres. Obama, it seems contraception is an absolute good. It is so good, that he thinks some people have to violate their consciences in order to conform to his view.
Also, if this “accommodation” was already studied in the past, why was it not adopted in the first place? They reason is obvious: an ideological conviction that government can force Churches to conform to a policy.
For example: What if the Catholic institution/business is self-insuring and doesn’t use some outside insurance company?
And, even if the insurance companies are forced to provide whatever Pres. Obama chooses (and pass the cost on to people who pay premiums), will the Catholic institution be force to disperse what the insurer is forced to provide?
You will hear in the White House spin on this the word “women… women… women”.
This is not a “woman issue”. This is a 1st Amendment issue.
I also just heard Sec. Sebelius spinning the President’s change of tack. Again I am reminded of the phrase by Mary McCarthy back in the 70?s about Lillian Hellman:
“Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.’”
UPDATE 18:00 GMT:
A correspondent writes with his reaction:
This will blow the cost of polices through the roof and then [Obama’s supporters and all liberals] will put the blame on bishops “who didn’t want to help the poor and forced us to do this” or on “greedy” companies which have a bottm line to keep an eye on and will have to find a way to recoup the added costs.
This is why slowly but surely the State remains as the sole provider.
The bishops must do their homework and understand why this is socialism, why it is immoral and why socialized medicne has always been a privileged means to institute socialism by maiking everybody dependent on graciously granted “rights”.