So what will be Joe Biden’s suggested “compromise” on Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate? Taking the diaphragm out halfway through sex?

This story works better if you hum the Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” while you read it:

Vice President Joe Biden said today he was confident the Obama administration could resolve concerns surrounding its decision to require most employers, including Catholic hospitals and charities, to offer health insurance that fully covers contraception.

“I am determined to see that this gets worked out, and I believe we can work it out,” Biden told WLW radio in Cincinnati today. “But the frustration … is real.”

The vice president said there had been “a lot of misunderstanding” about the administration’s decision, suggesting there had not been enough focus on the one-year time frame for employers to comply.
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“There’s going to be a significant attempt to work this out, and there’s time to do that. And as a practicing Catholic, you know, I am of the view that this can be worked out and should be worked out and I think the president, I know the president, feels the same way,” Biden said.

We sure do “misunderstand” this administration a lot, don’t we? It’s a good thing they’re so much smarter than we are so they can work things through for us.

Unbelievably, Team Obama hasn’t yet found a way to blame George W. Bush for this controversy.

Update: The Washington Post reports that King Obama the Most Merciful will issue a decree today that includes accommodations for religious groups on the birth control mandate.

The administration came to this decision after being informed that Catholics actually vote. Who knew?

Update II: As usual, with any so-called “compromise” from this administration, you have to read the fine print.

Comments

11 Responses to “Joe Biden Seeks Compromise With Catholic Community on Contraceptives Mandate; Updated

  1. clu seatoe on February 10th, 2012 1:15 pm

    Whenever I hear this guys name I wonder what it’s like to live in irrelevance.

  2. SignPainterGuy on February 10th, 2012 4:45 pm

    Biden must be a "practicing" Catholic; he seems not to have gotten it right yet !

  3. Pasadena Phil on February 10th, 2012 5:44 pm

    So instead of forcing Muslim sandwich shops to serve ham sandwiches to their employees, they are now only forced to pay for them.

    It's not the "abortion" part of it that we should be obsessing about but the "forced" part. Repeal ObamaCare (without replacing it with RombamaCare or GingrichCare) and problem solved. No need to kick up the dust again over abortion.

  4. Jimbo on February 10th, 2012 6:10 pm

    First, boldly do what you have no right under the Constitution to do.
    Then, pretend, in your compassion, justice and mercy, to relent.
    Broadcast, through the media, that the controversy is over.
    Enjoy your triumph when the fine print evolves into hard tyranny.

  5. clu seatoe on February 11th, 2012 12:21 am

    Actually, I would say it's not the "abortion" part of it that we should be obsessing about but the unconstitutionality of the state crossing the separation of church and state and decreeing such a mandate which the President of the United States has no authority to invoke upon any church.

    I hear the majority of voices decrying the religious aspect and very few decrying the unconstitutional aspect. Where are the conservative voices from congress?

  6. Pasadena Phil on February 11th, 2012 1:07 am

    That''s exactly what I'm saying. It's government coercing citizens again by violating the 1st amendment. I just listened to a panel of priests and ministers from several Christian denominations on Hannity say exactly what I've been saying all day. This is not about abortion or contraception. It's about the 1st amendment.

    This is just one of what must be many such surprises waiting to be discovered in ObamaCare and if this is how we are going to learn about them and we then get bogged down on each sub-issue rather than ObamaCare, Obama wins.

    We should be skipping that debate and use this are a reason to become even more strident in demanding that Congress repeal ObamaCare immediately. There ,must be plenty of Democrats who are willing to switch their votes and the battle would be very damaging to Obama. Where are the Republicans? Abortion, abortion, abortion.

  7. ChapBix on February 11th, 2012 3:57 am

    As Rush said today, Obama has won on this because he has succeeded in codifying his authority, non-existent as it is, in demanding that someone or something give away a product or service they had not intended or planned on doing so.

  8. ChapBix on February 11th, 2012 4:00 am

    This really is about the violation of not just one but several Constitutional provisions. What we have now is a dictatorship. An un-enumerated "right" has now trumped an enumerated one.

  9. Marshall_Will on February 12th, 2012 6:19 pm

    Update III:

    Stick it up yer' azz Joe….

    Thank You for reading this update!

  10. Marshall_Will on February 12th, 2012 6:20 pm

    +1

    Always leave 'em wanting more {right?}

  11. Marshall_Will on February 12th, 2012 6:24 pm

    And that's not in any way to diminish its importance or gravity. Simply that it's a conversation the Professional Left had no business or standing to infuse into the discussion to BEGIN with!

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