“President Obama’s means of coercing compliance–ruinous fines when faith-based organizations refuse to violate their conscience–will impose incalculable harm on millions of children educated in faith-based schools, and the poor, sick, disabled and frail elderly who are served with such compassion and dignity by faith-based entities,” Smith said. “President Obama is arrogantly using the coercive power of the state to force faith-based charities, hospitals, and schools to conform to his will at the expense of conscience,” said Smith. ALSO ANNOUNCED TODAY was a proposal for applying a fake “accommodation” process to family-owned businesses like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. “The recent landmark Supreme Court decision exempted companies like Hobby Lobby from the mandate, and this overreach by the Obama Administration is intended only to ensnare family businesses back into the web of the mandate,” Smith said. The current so-called “accommodation” has been flatly rejected by over 120 nonprofit plaintiffs, including Wheaton College and the Little Sisters of the Poor, suing over this application of the mandate.
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Effective immediately, the U.S. will start allowing faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals to notify the government rather than their insurers that they object to birth control on religious grounds. A previous accommodation offered by the Obama administration allowed those nonprofits to opt out of paying for birth control by submitting a document called Form 700 to their insurers, but Roman Catholic bishops and other religious plaintiffs argued just submitting that form was like signing a permission slip to engage in evil. In a related move, the administration announced plans to allow for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Inc. to start using Form 700. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government can’t force companies like Hobby Lobby Inc.
Obama offers new birth control fixes to religious nonprofits, some for-profits companies | Star Tribune
response to rapidly unfolding world crises while taking some time to relax during a two-week August vacation that has been frequently interrupted. “Bam’s Golf War,” blared the cover of the New York Daily News, showing a picture of the smiling president behind the wheel of a golf cart, while Foley’s parents grieved over their son in a smaller photo lower on the page. Criticism of Obama was not universal but emerged on both sides of the political spectrum, with former Vice President Dick Cheney attacking the president and left-leaning blogger Ezra Klein saying in a president Obama student loan forgiveness tweet that it was in bad taste. Presidential aides defended Obama, saying he takes time for golf to clear his mind and ease the stress of his pressure-packed job. “I will say that, generally, I think that, you know, sports and leisure activities are a good way for release and clearing of the mind for a lot of us,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters on Friday. Obama has played eight rounds of golf while on a two-week vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard.
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government of their objections in writing, the administration said in a regulatory filing to be published today. Coverage will be arranged separately by the government through health-benefit managers. It isnt clear whether the compromise will satisfy the nonprofit groups or the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled earlier this year that those organizations and closely held companies are protected from supplying birth control if they object on religious grounds. In a separate filing expected today, the U.S. said it hasnt yet finished a definition for closely held companies covered by the ruling.
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A “proposed rule” by the Department of Health and Human Services lets female employees of for-profit businesses obtain birth control directly from their insurer, at no extra cost, if their boss opts out of covering the service in the company’s insurance plan for religious reasons. The move extends an accommodation that already exists for non-profit organizations, which are allowed to refuse to cover for birth control. In short, the religious owners can pass the cost on to the insurer so that they’re no longer complicit in what they view as sin . What do you bet a religionist Republican is lying in wait to prevent this means of allowing women to control their health care?
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Jeanne Shaheen, viewed as a fairly safe bet to win re-election, is now in a dead heat with former Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown, according to the highly respected WMUR Granite State Poll released Thursday night. Read More Why is Obama disconnected, directionless? Steven Senne | AP President Barack Obama, right, smiles as he and former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, left, play golf at the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard, Wed., Aug. 20, 2014.