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.”