Obama Administration Backs Off on Controversial HHS Mandates for Catholic Institutions

The Obama Administration backed down for their controversial HHS mandates that force Catholic hospitals and institutions to pay for birth control and abortions.

Private sector companies like Hobby Lobby, however, will still be forced to forced to cover the services for their employees.
Via Happening Now:


LifeNews
has more on today’s announcement.

The Obama administration released new HHS mandate rules today that attempt to expand the number of religious groups that can opt out of the pro-abortion mandate — but that leaves religiously-run companies like Hobby Lobby out in the cold. Pro-life advocates oppose the mandate because it forces religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.

Thanks to a number of decisions in court related to lawsuits filed against the mandate by dozens of religious businesses and organizations, the Obama administration is under court order to revise the mandate. But the proposed changes don’t protect everyone who wants to opt out.

Although the proposed revisions provide some additional protections for religiously-affiliated organizations, companies owned and operated by people with religious objections to the mandate are not included in the expanded exemption rules.

UPDATE: Hobby Lobby released a statement this afternoon on today’s news.

More… The Republican Study Committee called today’s compromise an affront to the Constitution.

 

 

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  1. Well yes – there are more than 40 lawsuits against the Obama administration from various religious entities and this may very well end up at SCOTUS. “Backing off” is probably the better option as it doesn’t run the risk of getting the entire law thrown out.

    The next question is are the Catholic institutions going to drop their lawsuits in response to this “backing off.” I should think that would be foolish. The very minute they do, those regulations will go right back on the books.

  2. So, what ever happened to the “equal protection” clause? If I were Hobby Lobby, I’d be suing someone right now …

  3. The Obama Administration has already handed out over 111 Obamacare waivers to U.S. companies. Unfortunately, if you’re a small business or don’t have connections you can’t get a waiver for your company. And there are some select groups who are exempt (Prisoners, illegal aliens, and foreign nationals, Amish, Mennonites, Scientologists and some Muslims).

    So now Obama stands down when the Catholic church hits back. But other businesses run by people of faith still have to abide by bogus obamacare rules. Issuing waivers and exemptions to certain groups of people provides unequal treatment under the law. All laws should apply to all people. It is for this reason the Affordable Care Act violates the Constitution and should be thrown out.

  4. Just curious.

    Where was the outrage when 27 states instituted the same contraceptive mandate 12 years ago under George W. Bush?

    That’s right. 27 states have had it for 12 years. And not a peep out of conservatives.

    Is it only a problem when Obama does it?

  5. #1 February 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm
    Granny commented:

    “Well yes – there are more than 40 lawsuits against the Obama administration from various religious entities and this may very well end up at SCOTUS. “Backing off” is probably the better option as it doesn’t run the risk of getting the entire law thrown out.”

    I don’t see this as backing off at all. And you will lose all 40 lawsuits.

    And as far as the SCOTUS overturning the entire law over this? Put the crack pipe down. One. It will never get there. Two. You will lose again if it does.

    It’s over. You lost. Full implementation of ObamaCare full steam ahead.

  6. really jharp,

    opinko care has been around for 12yrs forcing people and orgizations to pay for contraceptions and there has been no outrage.

    tell me more a are you smoke that so called medical weed….

  7. There are now, I believe, 27 states that will not be implementing the exchanges. If your state has decided to set one up or no decision has been made you should visit

    http://blockexchanges.com/

    Sign up. It’s free. It will also help in neutering Obamacare if we can get more states to opt out.
    Our state is not setting up an exchange because long-term it will end up costing the taxpayers of our state mucho dinero and lead to fiscal insolvency. We are also not expanding Medicaid.
    We do not want to imperil our state’s financial successes. In fact, for the next fiscal year’s budget we have had two departments request less money in their new budgets due to implementing smart cost cutting programs.

  8. Rush didn’t attack her, he made fun of her. This is a short term ‘victory’ for the Catholic Church. It’s just a matter of time

  9. #8 February 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    midusdew commented:

    really jharp,

    “opinko care has been around for 12yrs forcing people and orgizations to pay for contraceptions and there has been no outrage.”

    “tell me more ”

    Yes really.

    “In 28 states already(pre ObamaCare), health-insurance plans that cover prescription drugs must cover contraception.”

    http://articles.philly.com/2012-02-08/news/31038032_1_contraception-catholic-bishops-health-coverage

  10. #9 February 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    Sasja commented:

    There are now, I believe, 27 states that will not be implementing the exchanges. If your state has decided to set one up or no decision has been made you should visit

    Sign up. It’s free. It will also help in neutering Obamacare if we can get more states to opt out.”

    Hate to break the news but opting out strengthens ObamaCare and will soon lead to a single payer. My state is opting out and I could not care less.

    Maybe you can tell me what the advantages of having the federal govt operate the exchanges instead of your state running them?

    Seems quite contradictory for you to take the position you have taken. Aren’t you a states rights believer?

  11. The Obama Administration backed down for their controversial HHS mandates that force Catholic hospitals and institutions to pay for birth control and abortions.

    And that’s all the Catholic Church will care about – that they’re not forced to abide by the terms of what they threw their support behind, before they discovered that inconvenient little rule.

  12. nice try jharp

    2 different things here.
    ie Hobby lobby was not forced until now.

    your vision seems to be fogged up. must be the stink weed…

  13. ++

    Barry will be back as soon as he sharpens his crayon..

    “We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to
    Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them
    small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they
    have Communism.”
    ~ Nikita Khrushchev

    inch by foot by yard by mile..

    ==

  14. ++

    #13 February 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm
    Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    so, they will back everything else
    that helps Obama re-enforce it??

    is that what you mean?? /s/

    ==

  15. ++

    jharp #4 February 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    re: Just curious.

    when did George W. Bush Mandate the
    implementation of said States Policies??

    ==

  16. Jarp. I’m sorry if I wasn’t clear. The states will have an exchange, but it will be run by the state sans federal involvement. I guess I should have pointed out that those 27 or so states will not be setting up a federally controlled exchange.



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