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Not looking good for Oblunder:

White House struggles to contain uproar over birth-control mandate
By Amie Parnes and Sam Baker - 02/08/12 05:54 PM ET

The White House struggled Wednesday to contain the growing uproar over its birth-control mandate, with Democrats peeling off one by one in what has become an increasingly divisive election-year controversy.

Pressure to roll back the new contraception policy mounted quickly as the day wore on, driven by divisions among Democrats, mixed messages from President Obama’s advisers and a constant drumbeat from the GOP.

“It’s becoming a thorny problem for the White House and it appears to only be getting worse,” said one Democratic strategist. “The politically astute move would be to modify this thing, and quick.”

Asked if the administration should shift course, a former senior administration official said, “I don’t see how they couldn’t. It’s pretty bad.”

With the consternation rising to a fever pitch, Republicans announced a plan to move a bill soon that would repeal the mandate. And prominent Democrats are breaking with the administration over the policy, which requires some religious organizations to cover contraception in their employees’ healthcare plans.

Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) urged the White House last week to broaden the exception for religious employers. Several of their Democratic colleagues have piled on since.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said Wednesday that the Health and Human Services Department “misstepped” in adopting the new policy.

“I just don’t think this is a fight that should have been picked and I think it needs to be fixed,” Connolly said. “I have every confidence that the administration will do so.”

Tim Kaine, a former Democratic National Committee chairman running for Senate in Virginia this year, also said the White House should revisit the rule’s exemptions for religious organizations. The current policy does not apply to churches, but institutions such as Catholic hospitals and universities have to comply.

“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 in a radio interview, according to a transcript provided by his campaign.

Democrats who support the White House policy dug in Wednesday.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said there’s no need for the White House to adopt a wider religious exemption. Carving out churches and other strictly religious employers “was in itself a compromise,” she said, noting that eight states have contraception mandates without religious exemptions.

Twenty-three pro-abortion-rights religious groups also backed the White House policy Wednesday, saying it protects the individual choice of whether to use birth control.

Still, one senior Democratic aide said the plan has put some lawmakers in an “awkward position.”

“A lot of Democrats just don’t want to talk about it and be in the position of defending it,” the aide said. “It’s horrible timing.”

The aide said the issue has become “great messaging” for Republicans, especially those who want to court Hispanic voters of Catholic faith.

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Democrats bailing on Obama - War against the Catholic Church heats up - 09/02/2012 04:03:35 AM 753 Views
This is not a war on Catholics, it is Obama being an idiot again. - 09/02/2012 04:52:01 AM 154 Views
For someone who used to be a Con Law professor - 10/02/2012 08:23:34 PM 114 Views
Also, kudos for linking to a source, and a fairly non-partisan one as well. - 09/02/2012 01:33:07 PM 199 Views
I am a non-partisan guy, so I only use unbiased sources! *NM* - 09/02/2012 04:02:50 PM 90 Views
Is there really such a thing? *NM* - 09/02/2012 04:11:30 PM 83 Views
You lost all credibility in the first line of your post. - 09/02/2012 04:49:23 PM 198 Views
The subject line didn't help. *NM* - 09/02/2012 06:04:11 PM 86 Views
But it added some flair to the discussion! *NM* - 09/02/2012 07:46:47 PM 78 Views
You actually think any of us has 'credibility' anymore in regards to neutrality? *NM* - 09/02/2012 06:46:13 PM 74 Views
It's one thing to have a bias. - 09/02/2012 07:28:51 PM 157 Views
Some would say putting a spotlight on it is more honest. *NM* - 09/02/2012 09:34:17 PM 77 Views
Ah, the Rupert Murdoch School of Objectivity. - 09/02/2012 10:15:57 PM 116 Views
Wow, talk about making a supernova out of a couple hydrogen atoms. - 09/02/2012 08:41:44 PM 143 Views
I'm somewhat suprised that Obama blundered this badly. - 10/02/2012 01:40:14 AM 124 Views
Why? Have you not been paying attention? - 10/02/2012 02:03:43 AM 117 Views
If I am not satisfied with Romney then my Plan B is to not vote. - 10/02/2012 10:58:34 PM 118 Views
How does that help anything? Except Romneys election chances, of course. - 11/02/2012 01:08:22 AM 88 Views
Bullshit. - 11/02/2012 04:29:31 AM 127 Views
A vote for no one is a vote for more BS. - 11/02/2012 05:55:11 AM 149 Views
Obama doing this actually impresses me to no end. - 10/02/2012 02:21:10 AM 247 Views
He is already preparing to cave. - 10/02/2012 02:42:32 AM 138 Views
Why are you even replying to me? What you said has little meaning to what I said. - 10/02/2012 03:33:27 AM 121 Views
"And here I thought he was just another politician." - 10/02/2012 01:29:36 PM 115 Views
Aaaaand you can put your hat back on now: Obama has already caved. - 10/02/2012 04:04:30 PM 176 Views
So Jehovah Witness employers should not have to pay for blood transfusions? - 10/02/2012 03:57:47 AM 141 Views
Not if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. - 10/02/2012 04:20:32 PM 141 Views
Money is not the same as speech! - 10/02/2012 07:20:56 PM 140 Views
One last point - 10/02/2012 11:35:25 PM 110 Views
The federal government forcing private groups to facilitate without committing sin also infringes. - 11/02/2012 01:03:30 AM 106 Views
You argument does not make sense - 11/02/2012 01:26:57 AM 156 Views
It was an analogy, not an equivalency. - 11/02/2012 01:48:14 AM 109 Views
Lets enhance your analogy making it closer to reality - 11/02/2012 02:19:41 AM 127 Views
Why could I not buy it with my own money? - 11/02/2012 03:46:33 AM 113 Views
Re: Why could I not buy it with my own money? - 11/02/2012 04:17:17 AM 105 Views
In other words, I could. - 11/02/2012 04:21:05 AM 83 Views
Some more points - 11/02/2012 02:30:27 AM 142 Views
Sex is not a necessity either. - 11/02/2012 03:56:51 AM 124 Views
I can't believe you just said that - 11/02/2012 04:30:12 AM 84 Views
The widespread inability to believe that is deeply worrisome. - 11/02/2012 06:33:01 AM 142 Views
LMAO due to Obama's compromise (the word compromise should have a in it ) - 11/02/2012 12:12:57 AM 135 Views
Obama just got two weeks of being portrayed as "anti-church" to the point even Dems complained. - 11/02/2012 02:00:28 AM 113 Views
The polls disagree with you. - 11/02/2012 02:32:59 AM 120 Views
It is an interesting article, but not for the polls. - 11/02/2012 04:18:17 AM 124 Views
I wouldn't put too much into that poll anyway - 11/02/2012 05:37:05 AM 194 Views
I don't think it's quite the laughing matter you think it is - 11/02/2012 12:31:23 PM 149 Views
Nossy that was not Joel, that was me - 11/02/2012 01:56:39 PM 183 Views
I know that. - 11/02/2012 03:23:32 PM 177 Views
Understood. - 11/02/2012 07:51:14 PM 123 Views
mmm... - 11/02/2012 08:20:26 PM 120 Views

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