The head of the Catholic hospitals trade group reversed her support for the Obama administration’s proposed compromise on a controversial requirement that employers cover contraception in workers’ health plans.
Sister Carol Keehan, head of the Catholic Health Association, was the most high-profile Catholic to speak in support of President Barack Obama‘s February announcement that the federal government would allow religious employers that object to the use of birth control to turn over responsibility for covering it for their workers to insurance companies.
WASHINGTON — For the White House, the decision announced Friday to soften a rule requiring religious-affiliated organizations to pay for insurance plans that offer free birth control was never really driven by a desire to mollify Roman Catholic bishops, who were strongly opposed to the plan.
Rather, the fight was for Sister Carol Keehan — head of an influential Catholic hospital group, who had supported President Obama’s health care law — and Catholic allies of the White House seen as the religious left. Sister Keehan had told the White House that the new rule, part of the health care law, went too far.
And the "compromise" still goes too far. Oops!
ERRATA: Let's go back to last February and an explanation from Andrew Sullivan as to how shrewdly Obama positioned this.