White House offers an olive branch to Catholic voters?
February 7th, 2012
07:06 PM ET

White House offers an olive branch to Catholic voters?

By Brianna Keilar and Becky Brittain, CNN

White House (CNN) – The White House appears to be softening its stance on the controversial rule forcing some religious organizations to provide birth control as part of their health insurance plans.

“The president's interest at a policy level is in making sure that this coverage is extended to all women because it's important,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “(On) the other side is finding the right balance…concerns about religious beliefs and convictions. So we will, in this transition period …seek to find ways to implement that policy that allay some of those concerns.”

More than two weeks ago, the Department of Health and Human Service issued a mandate instructing all employers that provide health insurance to their employees include the option for paid birth control, the morning after pill and intrauterine devices. The rule, scheduled to go into effect next summer, excluded churches from participation. The mandate did not exclude religiously affiliated employers like universities and hospitals creating a firestorm.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Barack Obama • Catholic Church • Politics

soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. The Dust on That Olive Branch is Anthrax

    What kind of idiot would believe anything Obama says? He's proven over and over again the postulation that "Political speech is that language in which one side gets the rhetoric and the other side gets the reality."

    February 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
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