Judge Temporarily Blocks Contraceptive Mandate in Health Care Law

By: Saturday July 28, 2012 8:28 am

A federal court has temporarily blocked the Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate for one Colorado air conditioning company, in the first of what promises to be several legal fights over the regulation, ultimately winding up at the Supreme Court. The ruling comes in a case brought by Hercules Industries, which argued that they should not have [...]

In Good Omen for Contraceptive Mandate, Federal Judge Throws Out Challenge

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:53 pm

In the first federal court ruling on the Obama Administration’s mandate for the provision of free contraceptive coverage as part of the preventive services package in the health care law, a judge in Nebraska has thrown out the challenge to the mandate pursued by six states. U.S. District Judge Warren Urbom dismissed the lawsuit, saying [...]

Catholic Hospitals Join Criticism of Obamacare Contraception Mandate

By: Monday June 18, 2012 1:00 pm

That’s Mitt Romney, appearing via video at the Faith and Freedom Conference over the weekend, decrying the contraception order put out by the Department of Health and Human Services, which the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has opposed. The decision by the Obama Administration to attack our first Freedom, religious freedom is one in which, [...]

Catholic Institutions Sue Government Over Contraception Mandate

By: Tuesday May 22, 2012 12:16 pm

I mentioned this in passing in yesterday’s Roundup, but the lawsuit filed by two major Catholic institutions over the Obama Administration’s contraception rule is really something to behold. The story so far: The Department of Health and Human Services instituted a rule from the Affordable Care Act that ensured all employer-provided health insurance plans would [...]

New York Times Columnists Support the Nuns, Tell Bishops to Back Off

By: Monday April 30, 2012 12:45 am

A lot of Americans, Catholic or otherwise, were offended, even outraged when the Vatican presumed to lecture America’s nuns about being too devoted to helping the poor and insufficiently obedient in spreading blatantly discriminatory Vatican doctrines against gays, contraception, and the whole question of women’s place in the church. Catholics were especially shocked at the [...]

Poll: Birth Control Issue Hurting Republicans in Battlegrounds

By: Thursday March 8, 2012 11:40 am

I noticed yesterday that Republicans ran away from further votes on the issue of birth control. It was pretty obvious that their position, which started as a paean to religious freedom but started to sound suspiciously like conservatives just didn’t believe in birth control – certainly not as a preventive health measure, was hurting them [...]

Murkowski Has Remorse Over Blunt Amendment

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 9:35 am

Apparently, Lisa Murkowski was unprepared for the impact of her voting for the rule to have employers dictate the health care choices of half the nation’s population. Back from Washington, D.C., for the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, the senator kept running into female voters who wrote in her name in the last [...]

Day After Blunt Amendment, Republicans Vow “Fight is Not Over”

By: Friday March 2, 2012 6:17 am

Like all middle-aged men, Senate Republicans imagine themselves experts on women’s health, and they plan to continue to fight to eliminate free preventive women’s health services like birth control, even after yesterday’s Blunt amendment vote narrowly failed. “This fight is not over,” said Senate GOP Conference Vice Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO), the author of the [...]

Blunt Amendment Tabled: Casey, Manchin, Nelson Cross Over

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 9:01 am

The Senate voted to table the Blunt amendment today, but several Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans and for an amendment that would give employers effective control over the medical procedures their employees could access. The final vote was 51-48. Sen. Roy Blunt proposed the legislation, which would let employers decide to block [...]

Blunt Amendment Getting Vote Today

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 8:15 am

At this hour, the Senate is voting on the Blunt amendment, a measure that would give employers the power to restrict any type of coverage of specific medical treatments to their employees, simply by raising moral objections to it. As I said earlier this week and as First Read says today, this is a rare [...]

Senators Stake Out Positions for Blunt Amendment Vote Tomorrow

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 2:16 pm

Harry Reid has scheduled a vote on the Blunt amendment, which would allow employers to refuse insurance mandates on virtually any medical service simply by stating a moral objection to the practice, for tomorrow. Reid actually introduced the amendment himself when the Republicans wouldn’t: “We’re having our usual productive time in the Senate. Monday, no [...]

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