White House: Contraception Mandate Debate is Over

Posted: Feb 13, 2012 7:53 AM

Late last week, the White House claimed to "compromise" on the new ObamaCare requirement that all employers provide insurance with free birth control covereage, including religious employers. The compromise actually wasn't a compromise at all, yet the White House is shutting down debate on the issue and saying it's a done deal.

Despite renewed statements of concern by Catholic leaders and lawmakers, the Obama administration is done negotiating and will finalize its plan requiring insurance companies to provide free contraception to women working and studying at religious institutions, President Obama's chief of staff said Sunday.

Jacob Lew told "Fox News Sunday" that the compromise offered last week to address objections by the Catholic Church is clear and consistent with the president's "very deep belief that a woman has a right to all forms of preventive health care, including contraception."

"We have set out our policy," Lew said. "We are going to finalize it in the final rules, but I think what the president announced on Friday is a balanced approach that meets the concerns raised both in terms of access to health care and in terms of protecting religious liberties, and we think that's the right approach."

Luckily, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling for a vote on the topic, despite White House claims the conversation about the highly unpopular, unconstitutional mandate being over.