Obama Administration Backs Off of Controversial HHS Mandate for Catholic Institutions (Video)

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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  • Granny

    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.

  • shadow

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

  • Jonah Vark

    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.

  • jharp

    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?

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  • jharp

    #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.

  • midusdew

    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….

  • Sasja

    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.

  • Maudie N Mandeville

    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

  • jharp

    #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

  • jharp

    #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?

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    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.

  • midusdew

    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…

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    “We can’t expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to
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    small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they
    have Communism.”
    ~ Nikita Khrushchev

    inch by foot by yard by mile..

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  • Joel
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    #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/

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

    re: Just curious.

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

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  • Sasja

    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.

  • jharp

    #14 February 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm
    midusdew commented:

    nice try jharp

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

    Uh, could it be Oklahoma wasn’t one of the 28 that had the mandate previous to ObamaCare?

    You people don’t think. You have nothing but blind irrational hatred for our President.

    And it’s your loss. You are missing out on one of the best Presidents ever.

    He deserves 2 spots on Mount Rushmore. One for doing such an extraordinary job. And another for sticking it to conservative republicans and utterly destroying the republican party.

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    jharp #21 February 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    re: You people don’t think.

    your slip is tripping you over we much??

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  • jharp

    #19 February 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    bg commented:

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

    re: Just curious.

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

    He didn’t. The states did it themselves. 12 years ago. And not a peep from conservatives that it was “infringing on their religious liberty”.

    Why it is “infringing on their religious liberty” when Obama does it but it’s perfectly OK when a state does it?

    This ought to be good.

  • jharp

    #20 February 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    Sasja commented:

    “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.”

    Huh? Those 27 states are going to let the federal govt run their exchanges. Almost all of them red states.

    Why? Are you against federal govt involvement in running the exchanges or not?

  • chas

    the deal is, the church must get the parish to vote democrat.

  • sha-doo-doo

    jfap is back again with its drivel. It took the admin 3 years to give the states the rules to set up the exchanges, and now the states have to try and rush to comply. This is always a good thing when creating an even larger bureaucracy. Come January 1, 2014, there’ll be delays in implementation regardless of who sets up the exchanges, and the inevitable waivers will be granted to specific groups.
    Why not just say you’re for a single payer system like you have, and leave it at that? Pretending that this is going to benefit everyone and “bend” the cost curve down is foolish. Even the dims are trying to get the medical device tax removed. I’d link it, but you’re not worth the effort.

  • dwdude

    j harp

    “He deserves 2 spots on Mount Rushmore. One for doing such an extraordinary job. And another for sticking it to conservative republicans.

    would that be special black granite brought in from china like the mlk memorial? sycophantic rube

    “Those 27 states are going to let the federal govt run their exchanges. Almost all of them red states.”

    there is a flaw in the little read obamacare law that doesn’t allow the feds to create an exchange in states that refuse…didn’t you read it? or are you just reading dem talking points? your ignorance is like mt rushmore, it’s monumental

  • gerr

    So only Catholic Church institutions will not be forced to pay for murdering children in the womb? A small business owner of any religion will still be forced to comply.

  • Granny

    #28 February 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    gerr commented:

    So only Catholic Church institutions will not be forced to pay for murdering children in the womb? A small business owner of any religion will still be forced to comply.
    _______

    No. Muslims are exempt from Obamacare.

  • Sasja

    Was I not clear? The states will be running their own exchange. Not the feds. The states. Not the feds. The states. Not the fed. Got it?!!!!!

  • jharp

    #26 February 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    sha-doo-doo commented:

    “It took the admin 3 years to give the states the rules to set up the exchanges, and now the states have to try and rush to comply. ”

    The blue states, you know, the states that thought ahead and took action, are doing just fine implementing the exchanges. No rush at all.

    The red states on the other hand, are simply letting the federal govt run their exchanges.

    States rights indeed. That’s why ObamaCare will be run by the feds in red states whilst the blue states do it at state level.

    You folks make no sense. Zero.

  • jharp

    #30 February 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    Sasja commented:

    Was I not clear? The states will be running their own exchange. Not the feds. The states. Not the feds. The states. Not the fed. Got it?!!!!

    You’re wrong. The 27 red states who have refused to set up the exchanges will be having the federal govt set up and run their exchanges.

    The blue states, on the other hand, will run their own exchanges set up by themselves.

    You people make no sense.

  • jharp

    #27 February 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm
    dwdude commented:

    “there is a flaw in the little read obamacare law that doesn’t allow the feds to create an exchange in states that refuse”

    So all a state has to do is refuse to set up the exchanges and they are no longer bound by ObamaCare?

    Do you really believe this to be true? Really?

    Complete and utter nonsense.

  • sha-doo-doo

    I guess we’ll find out January 1, 2014. As I said in my last remark, it won’t be implemented on time, and there’ll be waivers. All your blather doesn’t make it so.
    And why are blue states asking for the medical device tax to be repealed? Aren’t they concerned about funding the ACA?

  • walknot

    Love how HHS can just arbitrarily alter the ACA, the FBI and conduct gun running on foreign soil, EPA can confiscate land, FDA can ban legal substances, The President can authorize drone attacks on foreign countries, etc., without approval from Congress; the voice of the people. Lets face it, we no longer employee our government, we are ruled by the government.

  • sha-doo-doo

    The IRS said the cheapest qualifying family health care plan will be around $20,000. What a bargain?!

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    Obama’s {not so) ‘Missing Link’

    [That take was quickly reinforced on Tuesday, when Obama, almost chastising his angry left-wing base for not understanding political realities, analogized Republicans to “hostage-takers,” holding Obama and America and its poor and proletariat ransom to tax cuts for the bloody rich. The president bemoaned his moral dilemma, forced as he was to “negotiate” with Republicans, who kneel before what Obama described as “their Holy Grail”: “tax cuts for the wealthy.” It was a stunning metaphor, and rather offensive: That cup overfloweth, apparently, with the real presence of the blood of the workers, which Republicans and their loyal factory bosses and greedy landlords slurp up from the fruits of the assembly line.

    “These tax cuts for the wealthy — “said a visibly bitter Obama”
    — this is, seems to be, their central economic doctrine.”
    ]

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  • jharp

    #36 February 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    sha-doo-doo commented:

    “The IRS said the cheapest qualifying family health care plan will be around $20,000. What a bargain?!”

    So what do you pay now?

    $20,000 is a reduction for my family of four. And if only have that to pay in 2016 I’m way ahead.

  • jharp

    #34 February 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    sha-doo-doo commented:

    “I guess we’ll find out January 1, 2014. As I said in my last remark, it won’t be implemented on time, and there’ll be waivers. ”

    Exactly. All your blather is meaningless.

    ObamaCare is now the law of the land. And now it’s full steam ahead with it’s implementation.

    Our President is awesome.

  • George

    (#!%) In as much as I dislike the current administration’s agenda, we must not disseminate false information…

    Long history

    Folks have been trying to authenticate this passage, to no avail, ever since it was first foisted on the American public around 1959-60. The late Rep. Morris Udall chronicled his own efforts to do so in an article published in The New Republic some 46 years ago. Among other dead ends, his query to the Library of Congress yielded this reply:

    “We have searched the Legislative Reference Service files, checked all the standard reference works on quotations by Khrushchev, and consulted with the Slavic division of the Library of Congress, the Department of State, and the US Information Agency, in an attempt to determine the authenticity of this quotation. From none of these sources were we able to produce evidence that Khrushchev actually made such a statement.”

    Look for it.

  • sha-doo-doo

    That’s right. I forgot. The jfap of Riehl World fame is uber rich, beautiful wife, genius children, etc.
    Whatevs. Like I said before. Stick with your wanting a single payer system and stop all of the other nonsense. It’s the only thing you’ve written that comes close to the truth.

  • Sasja

    I suggest ignorning Jarp. He is either deliberately lying (which progs do) or he is just stupid (which progs are).

  • MT Geoff

    Let’s use a more concrete example. The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth operate a large chain of non-profit hospitals as a Roman Catholic organization. Most of the employees and most of the customers are of other faiths. The origin of the organization is in Biblical calls for charity. That makes it faith-based.
    Under the rule description I read today, the SCL would not have to provide for contraception for its employees. Instead, the insurance company that provides their policy would have to offer no-cost contraception in individual policies to the employees. Did I say no-cost? No-out-of-pocket-cost; you can’t provide goods and services without costs.
    Now, this means the SCL are still facilitating the provision of a product or service that is anathema to their religious basis. I don’t call that recognition of the religious group’s history or faith. (I happen to disagree with the SCL but I don’t work for them so it’s no business of mine.)
    Hobby Lobby would be quite different circumstances. Hobby Lobby is a for-profit company and it has no religious base, no more than do Domino’s or Chik-Fil-A. Domino’s founder Monaghan has, I understand, left the company. Chik-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby are owned and managed by people with strong religious beliefs and some of those beliefs are part of their management, but the religious beliefs are not the origin of their missions, as would be true for Berean (Christian) Book Stores or Emaus Road bookstores. Because the businesses themselves are secular, they would not have a claim to religious exemption.
    In a free country, and I hope we can back to being one, the employers and employees would cooperate to select an insurance plan, if they want one as part of the employment package, that would meet the expecations of the employers and the employees — not jharp, not me, and certainly not the federal government, which has no brief to regulate insurance company benefit plans or rates. There should be no need to apply for exemptions because there should be no rule to seek exemption from.
    To address jharp more directly: conservatives have been screaming bloody murder about state mandates in insurance benefits across the board. State mandates in insurance plans increase costs and limit free choices. Your comment about “not a peep” is factually wrong. The cost elements and the threats to liberty become worse as the feds get involved.
    Jharp, you also acknowledge what Obama, whom you consider so awesome, lied about: that the real goal is single-payer. Well, at least you’re honest on this point, unlike the Dems who passed the current goat-rope.
    But single-payer’s history is ugly at best. Single payer leads the government to meddle in many elements of personal choice, it robs Peter to pay for Paul’s appendectomy, from which Peter gets no clear benefit, and it tends to make sure that Peter winds up waiting for eighteen months to have a hernia repair. As for Peter’s mother in her seventies, the wait for chemotherapy may render it useless or she may not get it at all when she needs it, and that after paying her taxes for many years to secure the benefit she doesn’t get.
    Health care insurance as a voluntary risk-management tool makes lots of sense. Health care insurance as a mandatory way to ration with one hand and to redistribute wealth with the other is morally offensive.

  • JoyO

    I hope all of the law suits still go forward. Our current President and our future Presidents must be sent the message that We the People expect our Government to follow our Constitution. If the suits do not go forward, our current President may decide to reinstitute his first Mandate.

    And we need to make contraceptives available at the local drug stores without prescriptions so the Democrats won’t be able to win elections based on our “War on Women.”

  • sha-doo-doo

    It does this all the time, Sasja. It obvious has nothing better to do. The mail hasn’t arrived to get its gubmint check yet. If ego=intellect, it’d be the next Newton. Unfortunately, it’s probably closer to this.

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  • L.barney

    HA! I’ll bet Sandra really feels Fluked now!

    He USED me! He USED me!

    Sure he did, King O’s laughing at her!
    ;

  • Freddy

    Setting aside the critical religous aspect for a second.

    What I want to know is: What other RECREATIONAL drugs is Obamacare going to cover?

    We need to eliminate ALL federal spending on healthcare.

  • Rose

    I totally reject Odrama Queen’s limp-wristed attempt to salvage his Hitler Progromme from Hades.

    If the Catholic church accepts this nasty Hitler deal the way the Catholic Church did in the 1930’s, the way the NRA did over the First Amendment a few years ago, for a SECRET DEAL to get special favors for THEMSELVES ALONE…

    …Then they have learned NOTHING since 1938.

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    jharp #23 February 1, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    link to clarify what the heck you’re talking about, as you accused Bush of
    doing the same thing as Obama, besides that, i’m certain some stink was
    made over a dozen years ago, had to be.. that is, if what you claim even
    went down 12 years ago..

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    Pope Pius XII and The Catholic Church

    scroll for more here and here, in connecting links, and threads..

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    Rose #49 February 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    got any links to back up any of those outrageous claims??

    btw, i addressed one of those claims here:

    [Pope Pius XII has been widely criticized for his silence during the
    Holocaust and his failure to explicitly denounce the Holocaust, the
    Nazi regime or to excommunicate Hitler.

    The new research, however, shows that the perception
    of Pius XII as “Hitler’s Pope” may be historically incorrect.

    [..]

    Elliot Hershberg, the chairman of the Pave the Way Foundation, was
    quoted in the Daily Telegraph report saying: “We believe that many
    Jews who were successful in leaving Europe may not have had any
    idea that their visas and travel documents were obtained through
    these Vatican efforts. Everything we have found thus far seems to
    indicate the known negative perception of Pope Pius XII is wrong.”]

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    re:

    apologies, have bno idea what happemd to the following link:

    THE GOOD SAMARITAN: JEWISH PRAISE FOR POPE PIUS XII

    but there you go.. :-)

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    just a sample:

    Adolph Hitler Hated Christianity

    [Much has been made of the fact that Adoplh Hitler spoke of “God”
    in his writings. But what kind of god did Hitler believe in? Certainly
    not the God revealed in Jesus Christ. He believed rather ala Hegel
    in the divinization of the State, the People, the Reich. And, as the
    soul and very personification of the Reich, this meant that Hitler
    believed he was himself indistinguishable from god and in this was
    like Caligula and the other ancient emperors of Rome, whose pagan
    brutality he so admired.]

    Hitler hated Christianity & replaced it with a Nordic religion

    The Turban & The Swastika

    Obama & Hitler

    please scroll for more here, in connecting links and threads, thank you..

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    George #40 February 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    yeah right, and this isn’t true ether.. :roll:

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  • Patty

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

    BAD NEWS FOR FLUKE BUT THIS NASTY GIRL PROBABLY ISN’T CATHOLIC

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

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

    You’ll have to excuse me for dismissing the Stupid Party. They’re pretty much beyond worthless.

  • AUSONIUS

    A distinctive feature of Western culture was the concept of a quid pro quo with respect to the relationship between citizen and ‘state’ . The notion basically was if you break your part of our agreement, then I am no longer obligated to follow mine. Contract theory of government, that is.
    It precedes Magna Carta, but continued throughout the age up to and including the founding of the USA. If you read the Declaration of Independence, you’ll find a rationale that essentially bases the relationship of our citizen-state to a government by contract.
    The contract is the US Constitution.
    The contract has been violated by the government for over 70 years.
    The real question thus remains, what are people going to do about it?