Obama Offers Yet Another Insufficient “Compromise” on the HHS Mandate [UPDATE]

After years and years of public comment and controversy, the Obama administration once again has chosen a Friday afternoon to quietly release yet another compromise on the HHS mandate.

This new compromise, like all the old ones before it, makes some progress but still does not go far enough — i.e., the government’s policy is still in violation of our right to enjoy the full expression of religious freedom under the First Amendment.

The biggest problem is that these new (80-page!) regulations still force private businesses (like Hobby Lobby) and business owners to pay for contraceptive (and abortifacient) coverage in their employee’s health plans. Once again the Obama administration is claiming to have the authority to decide who is entitled to have a religiously-formed conscience and who is (supposedly) not entitled to religious freedom.

Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom helpfully explains:

“All Americans, not just those in church organizations, are guaranteed freedom of conscience in their daily lives and work. The administration’s narrow gesture does nothing to protect many faith-based employers or religious families from the unconstitutional abortion pill mandate. The government has no business putting religious freedom on the negotiating table, or picking and choosing who is allowed to exercise faith,” he said.

“The administration must immediately abandon the idea that it has the power to withhold or dispense our fundamental freedoms to whomever it chooses. The mandate is losing in court. The only acceptable solution is for the administration to obey the Constitution and its legal duty to protect religious freedom,” Bowman added. (LifeNews)

It’s been almost a year now since the Obama administration first offered its offensive and anti-religious HHS mandate. One year later they’ve backed off a little (actually, this latest offering is still “proposed” — it is NOT law as it has NOT been entered into the official register of enacted laws) … but it’s still not enough.

Kathryn Lopez reports that the USCCB was not even consulted about this most recent “compromise” — that should tell us all we need to know.

Nothing short of full repeal of the HHS mandate will suffice.

Then the hard work of renewing the protections surrounding our right to the full expression of religious freedom must continue.

In the meantime, people of faith who own businesses or manage their own healthcare plan will continue to be fined, taxed, penalized and suffer legal harassment. That’s outrageous.

UPDATE — this latest HHS mandate is even worse than I originally thought. It also fails to protect non-profits like Catholic Charities and universities like Notre Dame! The Obama administration will go to any length to confuse and obscure the real issues here. The government shouldn’t need 80+ pages to respect our first amendment rights!



  • Chris R

    This is classic Obama administration tactics – they don’t like to pick on people their own size, so they try to pare down the size of their prey by appeasing some. Divide and conquer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.a.parker.946 Michael Anthony Parker

    Many ignore the economic realities of Abortion/contraceptives. Under the “Affordable Health Care Act”, millions of women from the ages of 18 to 26 are now covered by their parents insurance This alone will allow many young women who otherwise would consider abortion/contraception because of lack of health coverage to make the right choice for life. For economic reasons as well, it is only logical that a woman who knows her baby will have proper medical coverage would be more likely to choose life. Whether we as Catholics agree or not, many do make the wrong decision due to economic reasons. Guarenteed health coverage for women aged 18 to 26 will help.

    The Affordable Health Care Act will reduce abortion for this reason.

    • Chris

      Please. The reasons you cite are not the reasons many women choose
      abortion in the first place.(just volunteer for a day at a crisis
      pregnancy center to found this out.) Secondly this continues the false
      narrative that there are supposedly any great amount of women in this
      country who can’t afford contraceptives. The latter point also ignores
      the fact that there is, unfortunately, already a federal program for
      distributing contraception to poor women, the Title X program, that has
      been around for decades. So we now need a another federal policy to do
      this??? This also misses the whole point that this will force
      abortifacients to be provided that not otherwise would be by certain
      entities; so to say that this will somehow result in less use of them is

  • http://www.facebook.com/lola.staples Lola Staples

    God help us survive these 4 years of Obama!

  • Paulspr

    Most Americans see the President bending over backwards to accommodate religious beliefs of employers while still protecting the employees ability to get healthcare that they want. Continuing to make a stink about this just makes you look petty. Obama has done as much as the law allows.

    • Msgr. Charles M. Mangan

      J.M.J. The problem is the law. Hence, it should be changed. If the law is immoral, then there is no virtue in adhering to it.

      • Donnie Schenck

        Good News!

        While Cardinal Dolan and Archpishop Lori have sounded the alarm on the immorality of keeping our old health insurance under the new system, Pope Benedict XVI has given us two very good options: (1) Collaborate with one of the three Protestant health-sharing minsitries, or (2) Form our own “parish-based minsitries.”


    • goldie5

      Paulspr, are you serious or was that sarcasm? President has not bent over backwards; quite the opposite he has told us to bend over forward so he can screw us over and over again. I dare you to take an honest look at what Mr. Obama has done and proposed over his 4 years.

    • Agafya

      The “law” is immoral and a violation of our rights. Please tell me which of your rights you’re willing to give up when the government comes for you next.

    • cececole

      Cause standing up for what you believe in is ???? Oh, yeah. Petty.

    • abadilla

      If that is true, then most Americans are dead wrong, including cultural Catholics. Abortifacients and abortion and contraceptives are NOT healthcare and I have clarified this for you so many times it isn’t even funny!

      “Continuing to make a stink about this just makes you look petty.”
      To you, yes, to many people, it tells them we stick by our principles because we don’t want the thirty pieces of silver to betray our faith.
      Obama did not have to pick up this fight. No American president before him, whether Democrat or Republican ever disrespected our religious freedom. That’s what happens when a President is too invested in leftist political ideology and not on the common good of the nation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1429127491 Mary Tandy Carnes

    Mr Obama, that doesn’t work for me and millions of Americans. Do some real business. Settle the Benghazi issue and fire Mrs Clinton, retract the stiff taxes, authorize the Pipe Line … something, anything ~
    we Americans actually NEED.

    • Justin

      Or better yet, just resign and spare us another four years of your garbage.



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