Can anyone give me a reason why this new contraception “compromise” is anything but a win? Obama just got some TV time for a full-throated endorsement of contraception (“no woman’s health should depend on who she is, or where she works, or how much money she makes […] period”). Catholic opposition is now split between a bunch of old, out-of-touch geezers (the Bishops) and the Catholic Health Association, led by a charismatic nun, Sister Carol Keenan, who is happy with the compromise. The CHA, not the Bishops, are the ones who speak for the Catholic hospitals. So, Mike Huckabee’s “we are all Catholics now” talking point had a shelf life of a couple of hours. Now, Republicans who oppose this will have to come out of the closet as opponents of birth control, not supporters of Catholics. Finally, it sticks the insurance companies with the bill. I count four wins there, and zero losses, unless you count using the word “compromise” to describe getting what you wanted all along (mandated coverage for contraception) as losing.
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