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‘6 more things everyone should know about the HHS mandate’

February 14, 2012

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of communications for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, discusses “six more things everyone should know about the HHS mandate,” including:

  • “the rule that created the uproar has not changed at all, but was finalized as is”
  • “even if the promises of ‘accommodation’ are fulfilled entirely, religious charities, schools, and hospitals will still be forced to violate their beliefs”
  • “the ‘accommodation’ does not even purport to help objecting insurers, for-profit religious employers, secular employers, or individuals”


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  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Feb. 15, 2012 7:54 AM ET USA

    Imagine being so educated but so dumb to be taken in by this President, still? Oh, well they are Jesuits after all!

  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 14, 2012 2:29 PM ET USA

    The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) acknowledges and appreciates the compromise that President Obama has made to accommodate religious institutions in regard to the birth control mandate under the Affordable Care Act. We commend the Obama Administration for its willingness to work with us on moving toward a solution, and we look forward to working out the details of these new regulations with the White House. February 10, 2012

  • Posted by: - Feb. 14, 2012 10:31 AM ET USA

    The bishops must redouble their resistance to this outrageous offense against religious liberty. They are fighting for ALL American citizens, not just Catholics. They should be planning demonstrations in Washington DC, and prepare to peacefully resist the mandate, even to the point of incarceration. In the meantime, why aren't they proposing alternative health care insurance plans like what you see from AARP, USAA and other large membership groups? Give the people a choice!

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Feb. 14, 2012 9:17 AM ET USA

    Given the way Obama went back on assurances he gave Archbishop Dolan, I would not expect even the weak "accomodation" to make its way into regulation.