Obama’s smoke and mirrors “compromise”

Catholic League‘s Donahue: “He (Obama) must think Catholics are stupid.”

Although Barack Obama appears to have abruptly switched his position after encountering a political firestorm in advance of the 2012 election, don’t be so sure. He has now announced a compromise that he claims would lift the mandate for religious-affiliated employers to provide free birth control coverage even if it runs counter to their beliefs. Instead, workers at such institutions will be able to get free contraception directly from health insurance companies.

But the Obama FedMed requires all employers, including faith-based ones that offer health insurance, to provide and pay for not just contraception, but also sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. The mandate forces Catholic hospitals, schools and charities, as well as other religious groups to provide these drugs despite their opposition to them.

When the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who had previously supported the overreaching ObamaCare, threatened to sue, and priests across the nation read letters denouncing the scheme to their congregations during Mass last week, a nervous Obama wriggled and winked.

“Religious liberty will be protected, and a law that requires free preventive care will not discriminate against women,” Obama said today at the White House.

“I understand some folks in Washington want to treat this as another political wedge issue. But it shouldn’t be. I certainly never saw it that way,” the obtuse Obama said. “This is an issue where people of good will on both sides of the debate have been sorting through some very complicated questions.”

Catholic League chief Bill Donohue isn’t buying the revised directive, saying that several Catholic insurance companies would fall under the mandate. Also, many faith-based organizations self-insure, which presumably means the members would still have to pay for the reproductive choices of others.“ What Obama is trying to do is a political calculation. It will work to some extent, but not as much as they want.” Donahue said, “He is now taking the culture war to the boiling point and he will pay.”

“Quite frankly, he’s adding insult to injury,” Donahue said. “He must think Catholics are stupid.”

10 Responses to Obama’s smoke and mirrors “compromise”

  1. Clementine says:

    Contraception is not the issue here. Most Catholic women use contraceptives. This is actually about the government pressing for abortion and the drugs that either sterilize or kill human fetuses. Let’s be very clear here. Contraception is the smoke screen. Obama has no allegiance to any Judeo-Christian, biblically based religion. He is a secularist based in Muslim upbringing.

  2. catsclaw says:

    Hopefully the faith based community will not fall for this man’s deceptions again, what is that old adage “Fool me once…

  3. Braveheart says:

    Obama is not exhibiting disregard of religion, it is open hostility towards it!

  4. Doc says:

    No, no, no, Mr. Donahue. The obamanation & his “arrogance possee” believe that we are ALL STUPID!

  5. Night Owl says:

    If Obummer’s lips are moving you can be sure of one thing….He’s lying!!

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  7. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    obozocare isn’t about healthcare. It’s about lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist CONTROL of one-sixth of the US economy, lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist WEALTH AND INCOME RE-DISTRIBUTION, lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist EXPANSION OF ABORTIONS WITH TAXPAYER MONEY, lunatic-left destruction of the Catholic Religion and every other Christian religion that opposed it’s dictates and unlimited lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist NANNY STATE COMMANDS and RULES for the American people.

    Remember this LIE from OBOZO: “if you like your current heath plan, you can keep your current health plan” ?

    In addition to being an insult to the US Constitution, obozocare is an affront to the American people. It must be removed, along with each and every lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist that supports it.

    Our new president, along with the new Republican controlled House and Senate must, as their first official act, repeal obozocare, then tear it up into a million pieces, burn the pieces, bury the ashes and cover the burial site with 1000 tons of concrete.

  8. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    From lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist FANTASYLAND: “FREE contraception!!!”
    Yep, in d-cRAT socialist FANTASYLAND there are NO COSTS to manufacture any contraception items, there are NO COSTS for packaging any contraception items, there are NO COSTS for distributing any contraception items, there are NO COSTS for visiting a doctor for any contraception prescription, there are NO COSTS for a pharmacist to dispense any contraception items…it’s all FREE, FREE, FREE in lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist FANTASYLAND – just like all that FREE crony capitalist taxpayer money, bailouts, pork and other socialist welfare boondoggles.

  9. Jon Altmann says:

    Pres. Obama’s compromise would force Catholics to compromise their religious beliefs, thus compromising their First Amendment Rights. This is smoke and mirrors. Ultimately, if forces religious institutions to still take a health plan that has elements they are moralized and by faith totally opposed to – to the point it is a sin in the beliefs of those religious community members.
    The health insurance providers give nothing for free and would ultimately inside their spreadsheets roll up the cost of abortive care and contraception into the overall management costs of their plans, passed onto the employers. Thus, the Catholic Church and others would still be paying for something that is against the foundational beliefs.
    As a Roman Catholic, I embrace my faith and I stand with the leaders of my Church. The President is wrong and I believe the Catholic Church is prepared to legally, as well as morally, reject this “compromise.”
    There is no compromise in the 10 Commandments. You can’t say, “Well, I am obeying 7 of the 10, so I’m OK, right?” … No, it is follow all 10. For Catholics and others who share these same beliefs about the value of life, compromise is not an option. This is not women’s health care, it is government violating the First Amendment.

  10. garvan says:

    I recommend that the bishops just say NO to the mandate.

    Then let the federal govt take them to court, where they will demand a trial by jury.

    Our task is to spread the word that jurors have the right to vote NOT GUILTY, no matter what the judge says.

    This right is called “Jury Nullification.”

    I write about it here: http://MyFirst30DaysAsPresident.com