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Proposal to amend ObamaCare contraceptive rule met with skepticism

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Conservative and religious groups panned the Obama administration’s long-awaited “accommodation” meant to spare religious-affiliated groups from the so-called contraceptive mandate, calling a proposal unveiled Friday “radically inadequate.”

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the broader opt-out Friday a year after Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pledged to address complaints from Catholic schools, religious-affiliated service providers and other organizations.

The proposed regulations, though, did not satisfy the widespread concerns about the ObamaCare rule requiring near-universal access to contraceptive coverage for employees.

Businesses like Hobby Lobby, which sued the administration over the rule, would not be affected by the change because it is not a religious employer — though the owner of that company has objected on religious and moral grounds. Critics said Friday that all businesses should be exempt if they want, while also voicing concern that religious-affiliated groups would still be “conduits” for contraceptives.

“After over a year of litigation, our clients and many others like them were hoping for much, much more from the administration,” Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said on a conference call. The group has represented several religious-affiliated schools suing over the rule.

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  1. Diann

    February 2nd, 2013

     
  2. Sandra Fcuk

    February 2nd, 2013

    “radically inadequate”

    Funny, that’s how I describe all my men!!!

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  3. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 2nd, 2013

    And all these businesses who spent $$$ on attorney fees to fight that obamination, how do they collect if the Gov’t just makes a concession on the regulations?

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  4. Kevin R.

    February 2nd, 2013

    The entire purpose of of the government is to protect our rights so that we can live our lives as much on our own terms and by our own beliefs as possible. Western civilization and all it has to offer is the full fruit of that Enlightenment idea.

    The Obama administration, by destroying your right to truly posses your life, is destroying all the fruits of civilization that make life worth living.

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