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CHA leaders still hopes for ‘accommodation’ on HHS mandate

January 08, 2013

Sister Carol Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), has told the National Catholic Register that she is still expecting the Obama administration to propose an “accommodation” that will ease moral concerns about the contraceptive mandate in the new health-care law.

“After the accommodation was announced on Feb. 10, I was very pleased that they recognized the need to change it,” said Sister Keehan, who had beeen a strong supporter of the “Obamacare” legislation. Noting that the administration has promised further steps to address the concerns of the Catholic bishops, she said: “I look forward to getting it addressed.”

Sister Keehan said that she was unsatisfied with the deal passed by Congress to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” because of cuts in health-care spending. “It’s not a catastrophe, and it’s not a surprise, but it’s not a welcome event,” she said.


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  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Jan. 11, 2013 11:42 AM ET USA

    Catol Keehan continues to deny the reality that obama is determined to institute a national health care system that will dramatically increase government control of--and interference with--delivery of health care. Dramatic cost increases for premiums have already occurred, as have 6 new taxes on aspects of health care. obama is determined to drive his abortion/contracepting agenda with no regard to religious freedom issues. When will Keehan and her ilk wake up?

  • Posted by: jimr451 - Jan. 08, 2013 9:06 PM ET USA

    How long does she expect the Obama administration to take? The mandate deadline already has come and gone. The "accomodation" could be accomplished in one directive, right? Where is she getting her confidence on this issue? I certainly haven't seen any movement. -Jim