Report: Obama doubles down on new contraception rule at Democratic retreat

posted at 9:35 pm on February 8, 2012 by Allahpundit

But … what about the big climbdown? Ah well. Maybe he took a second look at what Planned Parenthood did to Komen and thought better of it. Even the man who leads the greatest army in the world needs to know when he’s outgunned.

Besides, how many divisions does the Pope have?

President Obama “reinforced” his stance on the controversial contraception mandate while speaking at the Democrats’ annual retreat at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. today, Senate Democrats said.

The retreat was closed to media.

Following President Obama’s speech at the retreat, a small group of Senate Democrats, mostly women, left the retreat early in order to hold a news conference on Capitol Hill to counter the Republicans’ news conference today at which they called for the mandate to be overturned…

“The power to decide whether or not to use contraception lies with a woman – not her boss,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. “What is more intrusive than trying to allow an employer to make medical decisions for someone who works for them?”

Anyone want to field that question from ObamaCare supporter Kirsten Gillibrand? Also, I’m pretty sure religiously-affiliated groups don’t claim the power to decide whether women employees should “use” contraception; if they did, we wouldn’t be having a conversation over who should pay for the contraception that their employees use. (Answer: You should, of course, by paying higher premiums to subsidize the cost of birth control to the insurer.) If you missed it at the Weekly Standard, go read the Hawaii “compromise” proposal that’s kicking around in Democratic circles. In lieu of making religiously-affiliated groups pay, the new rule instead would … force them to tell employees where they can go to get birth control — i.e. “the Catholic Church must directly send women to drugs and devices that are morally wrong and can do harm to them.” It’s as if HHS’s supporters don’t understand the core objection to the policy. It’s not the money, it’s the compulsion applied to the group to promote activity that it considers immoral as a matter of faith. Or maybe they understand it just fine and that’s the real point of all this — to pressure religious holdouts into promoting contraception, however grudgingly, in order to remove any last lingering bits of stigma attached to it. After all, if the Hawaii compromise is on the table, then it’s not really about the money for HHS’s supporters either.

The GOP is already working on a bill to rescind the HHS rule, which means political war until this is resolved. How eager are swing-state Democrats to end up in no man’s land? Over to you, Tim Kaine:

“I think the White House made a good decision in including a mandate for contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance policy, but I think they made a bad decision in not allowing a broad enough religious employer exemption,” Kaine said, according to a transcript of his remarks provided by his campaign.

“This is something that’s been talked about a lot today and I have definitely expressed my grave concerns to the White House about that. I support the contraception mandate but there should be a religious employer exemption that is broader than the one they proposed.”

Kaine, who is Catholic, has spoken frequently about the importance of faith throughout his career. He has cited it in discussing his opposition to the death penalty and his position on abortion. Kaine says he is personally opposed to abortion and has supported some restrictions, but he does not believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

Remember, this is a guy who was handpicked by Obama to lead the DNC in 2009 who’s now inching away from him. Bob Casey, another pro-life Catholic Democrat from a swing state (Pennsylvania), also called on O today to rescind the rule for groups with faith missions. Can’t wait to hear from other vulnerable Dems like Jon Tester as the battle is joined, just like I can’t wait to hear how lifelike talking-points robot Debbie Wasserman-Schultz ends up finessing her comments here down the road when O does finally start to climb down. Exit question: Who’s going to pay for the employees’ contraception when some of these religiously-affiliated groups end up shutting down in protest, as some Catholic charities have already begun to do vis-a-vis considering gays for adoption?


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Bishop!

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM

And, “Obama doubles down” is what the old timers called a standing headline – you leave the type set, for the next time it runs…

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Obama is really showing his Communist leanings here. I think this is going to be a huge mistake as it will cause a loss of voters across all demographic lines. This will drive millions of Democrats of color to the Republicans, particularly so for Hispanic Americans. This could be Obama’s bridge too far.

crosspatch on February 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Allah –

OT: Why do comments get eaten up when a new post is added or a headlines/post is moved???

It should not be static in its database retrieval, but dynamic to compensate for the updates by you, Tina, Jazz and Ed.

Odie1941 on February 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Devil’s eyes
those evil eyes

burrata on February 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Boss Malkin with guns a-blazin’ now on Hannity.
Kaine, Casey, and Libermann have jumped ship.

Marcus on February 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

My God, this is awesome.

Chuck Schick on February 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

“The power to decide whether or not to use contraception lies with a woman – not her boss,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. “What is more intrusive than trying to allow an employer to make medical decisions for someone who works for them?”

Oh, this is rich coming from a democrat.
And, Obama doubling down. He has to double bag in bed, so he’s used to it.

AllahsNippleHair on February 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM

When does Obama imprison and/or start murdering those who do not share his worldview? Is that a second-term initiative?

tom daschle concerned on February 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM

crosspatch on February 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

While I agree with the sentiment and wish what you say would actually happen…

Of course it won’t.

catmman on February 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM

When even Chris Matthews thinks your over the line, you are WAY over the line.

Obama’s just trying to save face and they’ll bail by Monday.

HopeHeFails on February 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM

KING ME!! Says the man with the checkered past.

abobo on February 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

GO FOR IT BARRY. SHOW THE WORLD HOW TOUGH YOU ARE!!!

GhoulAid on February 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Since when is refusing to pay for something the same as making a medical decision. By that twisted logic, my refusal to buy a round at the bar means I’m forbidding my friends to drink.

CurtZHP on February 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Bishop!

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I think you mean Pope.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

“Bring it on.”

Roymunson on February 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Valerie Jarrett must have told him it will not cost him that many votes…it’s the right thing to do, you know, for the cause.

d1carter on February 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Dump politics….#demoralizedlefty

libfreeordie on February 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Congress has a 10% approval rating (plus or minus 10 per cent) and Obama thinks he can play off them and gain more points. Once again.

I think he’s overplaying his hand here but I’m not sure. If this is characterized as the church preventing women from having contraception then the White House wins. Especially among that vital white moderate/independent woman voter.

It all depends on how the public perceives the issue.

SteveMG on February 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I still wonder what Obama was thinking when he did this. It’s hard to call it pandering when it’s politically disadvantageous to him.

Did he seriously think that his opponents would ignore the issue since the date to begin enforcing the mandate was set to be after the election? Did he think that the reinvigoration of his leftist base (which was still supporting him anyway) would be worth the loss of some swing voters?

Or–this is the possibility that has me worried–is he using this to distract us from something even worse?

Mr. Prodigy on February 8, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Dump politics….#demoralizedlefty

libfreeordie on February 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Yes, you practice them well.

AllahsNippleHair on February 8, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Mandating it for religious institutions is bad enough, but forcing all plans to cover contraception without even a copay is outrageous. I pay a copayment for every prescriptions I take. As far as I know, the regulations have not stated that the statin drug I take for cholesterol should be given to me for free. Why is birth control more deserving then the drug that could prevent me from having a heart attack?

Mark1971 on February 8, 2012 at 9:45 PM

how many divisions does the Pope have?

Totalitarians of a feather…

DavidW on February 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

He really is a childish, churlish, arrogant little pr!ck.

Not just a moron…..a pr!ck.

Tim_CA on February 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Obama is really showing his Communist leanings here. I think this is going to be a huge mistake as it will cause a loss of voters across all demographic lines. This will drive millions of Democrats of color to the Republicans, particularly so for Hispanic Americans. This could be Obama’s bridge too far.

crosspatch on February 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I beg to differ.
1. Obama is showing his islamic leanings.
2. Blacks won’t abandon him because he is promising even more free stuff
3. Hispanics won’t abandon him because he is promising them even more free stuff and amnesty too
3. Democrat base of parasites and idiots won’t abandon him because he is promising to stick it to the evil rich Churches by forcing them to fund the slutty lifestyle
Saee ? Win win

burrata on February 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Single payer is going to be such fun dealing with big brother’s diktats.

d1carter on February 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I believe…maybe “hope” is a better word…that this is the point where his ego will cause his downfall.

Yet, our side is trying to nominate someone who can’t criticize him without coming off as a hypocrite.

SouthernGent on February 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I think you mean Pope.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

*Chortle!*

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Transforming…..

President Obama “reinforced” his stance on the controversial contraception mandate while speaking at the Democrats’ annual retreat at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. today, Senate Democrats said.

V-A Day, November 6th 2012

PappyD61 on February 8, 2012 at 9:50 PM

ObamaCare or bust!!!!

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Besides, how many divisions does the Pope have?

Perfect quote. Allah, my dearest, you are on a roll tonight. New vitamins?

cynccook on February 8, 2012 at 9:51 PM

The radicals have being held back for 30+ years and now it the time. Nothing the progressive can say and promise will make the radicals back down they want the utopia now as they are the same people in #OWS and wait it know by force and blood to get it. This is really small for most but if they back down they whole house of cards will fall. Nothing big will happen.

tjexcite on February 8, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Maybe President Obama believed that this wouldn’t have the blowback it did because he listened to those at HotAir (and elsewhere) who continually decried ‘social conservatives’ and said that this election will be all about the economy?

I do find the irony rich indeed that Obama’s worst mistake, electorally speaking, in a long time (since ObamaCare’s passage?) comes on the social front, not the fiscal front.

All issues matter.

Scott H on February 8, 2012 at 9:51 PM

“What is more intrusive than trying to allow an employer to make medical decisions for someone who works for them?”

Um…how about trying to Force an employer to make those decisions, and pay for them, against their moral beliefs.

azkag on February 8, 2012 at 9:51 PM

just like I can’t wait to hear how lifelike talking-points robot Debbie Wasserman-Schultz ends up finessing her comments here down the road when O does finally start to climb down.

That will be sweet.

In advance I’d like dibs on the following adjectives and/or phrases:

“skank”
“unwashed”
“odor”
“syphiletic poodle”

Tim_CA on February 8, 2012 at 9:52 PM

In lieu of making religiously-affiliated groups pay, the new rule instead would … force them to tell employees where they can go to get birth control

Can we require mosques to tell employees where to buy bacon?

malclave on February 8, 2012 at 9:53 PM

its a new skirmish line that forces something that you might value into something you have to fight for against a government that is supposedly tasked with preserving your rights.

I remember those good times….yah…good times.

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Oh, and AP, I must also say that your comment regarding ‘how many divisions does the Pope have’ is also quite apropos.

Ask the Soviet Union in the 1980s that question, and note what happened in Poland.

Scott H on February 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Hopefully this issue will take a big chunk out of his scrawny butt. And humiliate moron Democrats like Boxer.

ultracon on February 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

This is a game of chicken. But, Obama won’t blink. He won’t be happy until Catholic schools and hospitals are shutting down because they refuse to obey the new secular god. And they will close before they will cave. Just like Catholic services in Mass and Illinois. This is just the beginning. Just wait until reading portions of the bible from pulpits gets you five years because it will be deemed to be anti gay. Makes me sick. And just wait, pols like Kaine will cave…

djl130 on February 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

“The power to decide whether or not to use contraception lies with a woman – not her boss,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. “What is more intrusive than trying to allow an employer to make medical decisions for someone who works for them?”

I thought Dems railed against the failure of men to be responsible… 2 to tango and all.

And what penis does a women use a condom on? Is it a man’s by any chance?

Obama chose every dopey Dem woman to make an emotional social plea to just women which will backfire.

When key Dems are leaving the ranch… yeah – thats all you need to know.

And Kirsten – since you dont fund your Healthcare – taxpayers do – clearly your employer is making a medical decision that others may not have. My HC is 10x better than the wifes, hence why we are on mine. Isnt that an employer’s choice as to what policy, and costs?

I suggest an Actuarial 101 class for these idiots.

Odie1941 on February 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

In lieu of making religiously-affiliated groups pay, the new rule instead would … force them to tell employees where they can go to get birth control

Can we require mosques to tell employees where to buy bacon?

malclave on February 8, 2012 at 9:53 PM

lmao.

Perfect.

Tim_CA on February 8, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I think he’s overplaying his hand here but I’m not sure. If this is characterized as the church preventing women from having contraception then the White House wins. Especially among that vital white moderate/independent woman voter.

It all depends on how the public perceives the issue.

SteveMG on February 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

The key is for the Right to frame the argument that the church isn’t preventing women from having contraception, but that women will have to pay for their own contraception. Can’t let the White House/MSM frame the argument.

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Mark1971 on February 8, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I sure as hell don’t get it.

ORconservative on February 8, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I’m still waiting on the bill to rescind all of the waivers that were given to Congress and all their staff at the time obamacare was written/signed. When I see that I’ll believe we’re making progress.

Oh and Go Team Santorum!!!

multiuseless on February 8, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I think he’s right, coming right off the Komen fiasco Obama is majorly screwed whatever he does. Still it’s smarter for him to piss off his base, they’ll still vote for him. This should never have come up before the election.

Rancher on February 8, 2012 at 9:56 PM

SDASTFU JUGEARS!
JugEars probably carries around bottles of contraception pills and pops them in his mouth like Tic Tacs, and thinks the Church should pay for them too! He thinks they’re candy!

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Maybe President Obama believed that this wouldn’t have the blowback it did because he listened to those at HotAir (and elsewhere) who continually decried ‘social conservatives’ and said that this election will be all about the economy?

I do find the irony rich indeed that Obama’s worst mistake, electorally speaking, in a long time (since ObamaCare’s passage?) comes on the social front, not the fiscal front.

All issues matter.

Scott H on February 8, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Indeed

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Can we require mosques to tell employees where to buy bacon?

malclave on February 8, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Can we require mosques to provide free bacon to their employees ?

burrata on February 8, 2012 at 9:58 PM

If this stands Bob Casey is toast, and so is Obama’s chances of carrying Pennsylvania.

J_Crater on February 8, 2012 at 9:58 PM

3. Hispanics won’t abandon him because he is promising them even more free stuff and amnesty too

I’ve known plenty of liberal Hispanics over the years who are still very observant Catholics. This could very well be a decisive turning point in their support of Obama.

I think this is his point of no return. He’s going to see an enormous shift against him with the Hispanic community. Just watch. If he sticks to this past next week, his numbers will start to go into free-fall.

nukemhill on February 8, 2012 at 9:59 PM

djil: If reading the Bible from the pulpit becomes illegal, that would drive the Catholic Church, at least, underground.

This would also be violating the Establishment clause, would it not? The power to prevent practice of religion is the same power needed to force practice of religion, inverted.

Scott H on February 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

And people made fun of Perry saying Obama was waging a war on religion.

Hmmmm.

gophergirl on February 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Good luck with that, Obummer. See you at the polls in November.

Even if you walk it back, the stench from this will follow you, Comrade.

Philly on February 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Why is Obama doing this at this time? It makes absolutely no sense to infuriate America even more, putting your finger in their eye, 10 months before an election, when your polls are already in the gutter.

He is either a completely insane megalomaniac, really believes in his own divinity, more incompetent than anyone could have guessed, or is thinking he’s devised some kind of masterful plan that only he alone knows.

None of this makes a bit of sense.

JellyToast on February 8, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I think Obama is being played here by Sebelius and Jarrett. They are hardcore feminists and “free” contraceptives has been a Holy Grail for feminists for years. Feminists despise the Catholic Church and believe it’s doctrines toward women and sex are evil.

rockmom on February 8, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Megalomania is a psycho-pathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalomania

JellyToast on February 8, 2012 at 10:03 PM

“What is more intrusive than trying to allow FORCING an employer to make medical decisions PAY FOR ELECTIVE BIRTH CONTROL for someone who works for them?”

FIFY

Branch Rickey on February 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Jelly: The only ‘rational’ idea I can see here is that President Obama is widening the front of the war.

Up until now, it’s been very fiscal. Perhaps he thinks he can win the social front, perhaps strike a wedge between the various base constituencies? (‘Paleocon’, ‘Neocon’, Libertarian, Social Conservative)

Another (very cynical) approach would be that he is trying to secure the GOP nomination for Rick Santorum in the belief that he is the easiest to beat. That would be an interesting game of political brinkmanship for him to play.

Scott H on February 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM

The retreat was closed to media.

The most transparent administration evah!!

How you coming with those Fast & Furious doc’s btw li’l barry?

Tim_CA on February 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Or maybe they understand it just fine and that’s the real point of all this — to pressure religious holdouts into promoting contraception, however grudgingly, in order to remove any last lingering bits of stigma attached to it.

Actually, this goes back to the whole “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature” debate. Everything revolving around the mandates and the way ObamaCare structures insurance is designed to make companies and organizations dump their health insurance offerings, thereby putting people out on the market where they have to get insurance through the Exchange. Democrats would much rather companies pay the $2,000 fine per employee to the Central Government rather than the $6-12k per year a company pays to the insurance company, and get people choosing Central Government approved and subsidized plans. This gives Democrats and government more power and control.

William Teach on February 8, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Obama’s just trying to save face and they’ll bail by Monday.

HopeHeFails on February 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I vote for a quiet “document dump” on Friday night so that the storm is over by Monday.

CJ on February 8, 2012 at 10:06 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I still think what Rameriz has done with his head and ears is perfect, if ya know what I mean? P.S. I think I scared her off, 2nd time, must be the gig.

http://news.investors.com/PhotoPopup.aspx?id=600581
http://news.investors.com/PhotoPopup.aspx?id=599624
http://news.investors.com/PhotoPopup.aspx?id=595721

Bmore on February 8, 2012 at 10:06 PM

The photo on the front page of evil-eyed Obama looks like he’s wearing eyeliner. It brings out his inner satan. It goes nice with his fake tan:
http://on.fb.me/yrL2tV

No Niks on February 8, 2012 at 10:07 PM

“The power to decide whether or not to use contraception lies with a woman – not her boss,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

THAN WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME PAY FOR IT????

Branch Rickey on February 8, 2012 at 10:07 PM

malclave on February 8, 2012 at 9:53 PM

(Dammit….now I want bacon.)

Tim_CA on February 8, 2012 at 10:09 PM

When a Conservative says something that threaten to EXPOSE Liberals – The Media SMEARS them and BULLIES them until they MAKE them Apologize, Take It Back and Quit Their Jobs.

When Liberals do the same things – The Media provides COVER that helps The Liberals:

DOUBLE-DOWN!!!!

williamg on February 8, 2012 at 10:09 PM

“The power to decide whether or not to use contraception lies with a woman – not her boss,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y

What a dingbat.

If you’re a woman who works for a Catholic organization, there is no law that prevents you from buying your own damned birth control pills/condoms/etc..

Just don’t ask the Church to pay for it.

Wendya on February 8, 2012 at 10:09 PM

No Niks on February 8, 2012 at 10:07 PM

it’s not that uncommon for homosexual men to wear eyeliner. just sayin’…

GhoulAid on February 8, 2012 at 10:10 PM

He’s going to see an enormous shift against him with the Hispanic community. Just watch. If he sticks to this past next week, his numbers will start to go into free-fall.

nukemhill on February 8, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I hope and pray you are right .
I’m still of the view that Hispanics , as a voting block , go for just 2 issues, free stuff and amnesty.
Hispanics will never, as a voting block move to Rs, whatever the Rs do for them.
Look how hispanics thanked the Rs after Reagan gave them amnesty !

burrata on February 8, 2012 at 10:10 PM

If this stands we all know what is next – mandatory abortions performed at Catholic hospitals with no moral objection clause. I’m surprised that the gov. hasn’t said the Catholics can not oppose or even talk about this because it’s political speech and would make them lose their tax exempt status. Kind of a Catch 22.

The dems want to shut down all Catholic hospitals and have the gov. take them over. Also, to remove tax deduction for all charitable contributions thus making everyone turn to the government for help.

mike3121 on February 8, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Bosses should mandate contraception for liberals.

Igor R. on February 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM

It’s not the money, it’s the compulsion applied to the group to promote activity that it considers immoral as a matter of faith immorality.

fify homeslice

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Emperor Hussein I: The death bringer.

wildcat72 on February 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM

1. Obama is showing his islamic leanings.
2. Blacks won’t abandon him because he is promising even more free stuff
3. Hispanics won’t abandon him because he is promising them even more free stuff and amnesty too
3. Democrat base of parasites and idiots won’t abandon him because he is promising to stick it to the evil rich Churches by forcing them to fund the slutty lifestyle
Saee ? Win win

burrata on February 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Why must you peddle the same racial, stereotypical crap that Newt spreads?

Stop assuming that black people don’t want to work, or that they just want freebies from the government. You might not know this, but there’s a lot of people who would turn down taxpayer-funded freebies, and black people fall into that category, as well.

I’m so sick of this BS, that black people are “demanding” food stamps and such. You ever think that ALL races of people NEED certain programs because they can’t find a damn job, because this economy is still in freaking shambles, despite what Dear Leader says!!!???

Aizen on February 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Military officers, who take an unambiguous sworn oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution, stand by mute, as usual. Someone from Mars would think they had taken a personal oath to Herr Adolf Obama.

VorDaj on February 8, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I hope he changes his mind.

Igor R. on February 8, 2012 at 10:13 PM

dude, this is merely a trial balloon to mobilize, then personalize, the opposition to this matter, then he’ll fix ‘em, freeze ‘em yada yada a la Alinsky. It is a means to wear you down. You can only keep this up for so long, only so many passionate responses, only so much outrage, only so many screams, only so many tears, before the rapist just does what he gonna do……
wash, rinse, spit, repeat.

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Aizen on February 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Everybody needs free stuff.

Igor R. on February 8, 2012 at 10:15 PM

First this, then forced gay marriage…didn’t we escape England way back when due to infringements on religious freedom?

Hawkins1701 on February 8, 2012 at 10:15 PM

If it weren’t so darn serious, I would be laughing all day at the unforced errors of the Obama administration on this issue. Double down, indeed.

DrStock on February 8, 2012 at 10:15 PM

The GOP is already working on a bill to rescind the HHS rule,

Friggin losers couldn’t fight ObamaCare when it was being forced through. They couldn’t even force the reading of ONE iteration of that insane legislation. Not a one.

Dipsh#ts.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM

The Anchoress speculated earlier today that this may be the reason Bill Daley quit so suddenly. He knew this would backfire on Obama. I would guess he fought with Jarrett for a wider exemption and lost.

rockmom on February 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 10:14 PM

At least this rapist uses contraception!

Igor R. on February 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I think the Catholic leadership is in a good position, and President Obama has overreached. The Catholic argument that using birth control and abortion producing drugs is a sin is a long-standing and well articulated moral position. Whether one agrees with the Catholic argument or not, Obama has placed himself in a position of deciding what is moral for religious institutions. My sense is that the public may not agree with the Catholic churches’ position on the issue, but the public will be behind them in their right to take that position.

I see this as a loser for Obama and he will have to figure out a graceful exit. Perhaps he’ll have his useful idiots in congress join the republicans in a vote to overturn the rule and he’ll quietly sign it on a Friday night.

STL_Vet on February 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Look, we must kill the babies before they’re born otherwise they become people with rights that are really hard to deny. God told this to me.

BHO

BobMbx on February 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM

The GOP is already working on a bill to rescind the HHS rule,

Friggin losers couldn’t fight ObamaCare when it was being forced through. They couldn’t even force the reading of ONE iteration of that insane legislation. Not a one.

Dipsh#ts.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Who will sign the new rule into law?

Igor R. on February 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM

ted c on February 8, 2012 at 10:14 PM

At least this rapist uses contraception!

Igor R. on February 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM

And he even got his victim to pay for it!

Mr. Prodigy on February 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I hope he changes his mind.

Igor R. on February 8, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I don’t like where this is going.

JPeterman on February 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

The lecturer in Constitutional law is wrong. And he can’t help but know it because no one is that dumb.

There is no right to access to free contraception. Freedom of religion is a Constitutional right. It trumps a woman’s desire for access to free contraception.

Basilsbest on February 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Everybody needs free stuff.

Igor R. on February 8, 2012 at 10:15 PM

They only “need” it when they can’t support themselves, because there’s almost no way to do that in Obamaland. In Obamaland, getting a job is hard to do, so one must sell their soul to the government in order to survive.

But I hate it when people just assume that blacks or whoever enjoy living of the government. Most Americans love their freedom and independence!

Aizen on February 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Obama’s got a coin that he flips every morning. It says “liberal” on side and “marxist” on the other. That’s how he decides what he should do that day.

Igor R. on February 8, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Why must you peddle the same racial, stereotypical crap that Newt spreads?

Stop assuming that black people don’t want to work, or that they just want freebies from the government. You might not know this, but there’s a lot of people who would turn down taxpayer-funded freebies, and black people fall into that category, as well.

I’m so sick of this BS, that black people are “demanding” food stamps and such. You ever think that ALL races of people NEED certain programs because they can’t find a damn job, because this economy is still in freaking shambles, despite what Dear Leader says!!!???

Aizen on February 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Are you referring to Uncle Tom’s???

Now who uses that phrase?

Odie1941 on February 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I still think what Rameriz has done with his head and ears is perfect, if ya know what I mean?
Bmore on February 8, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Oh goodness! You’re right!

Alana on February 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM

If this stands Bob Casey is toast, and so is Obama’s chances of carrying Pennsylvania.

J_Crater on February 8, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I live in PA. You just know Casey is pandering desperately because he’s up for reelection. Otherwise, he’d be stuck like glue to Obama and would continue to support his policies 100% as he has been up until now. Casey’s beyond a total embarrassment the way he has betrayed his father’s legacy.

PatriotGal2257 on February 8, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Or maybe they understand it just fine and that’s the real point of all this

Yeah, even Barry isn’t that stupid. They want to force the issue. So what’s next. Abrogate the 2nd Amendment? How about redefining “hate speech” as anything said negatively of Democratic programs?

I’m sure Barry believes that we really don’t need that OLD, worthless Constitution thing.

GarandFan on February 8, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Where’s that photoshopped image of Captain Kicka$$?

DrStock on February 8, 2012 at 10:22 PM

But I hate it when people just assume that blacks or whoever enjoy living of the government. Most Americans love their freedom and independence!

Aizen on February 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

so when lakeisha has 6 babies by 5 different fathers and gets mo money wit each chilren, she hates it, right?

right?

GhoulAid on February 8, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I have a feeling if all of the GOP candidates were running attack ads on Obowma instead of each other…

… this issue would be opening the eyes of millions of Americans who really aren’t paying attention right now.

But we can’t have THAT now,…

… can we?

Seven Percent Solution on February 8, 2012 at 10:22 PM

“I don’t want my daughters punished with personal responsibility” – BO

Electrongod on February 8, 2012 at 10:24 PM

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