Columnist Cal Thomas argues that President Obama’s latest compromise on the contraception mandate still doesn’t go far enough. He objects that private businesses (such as Hobby Lobby) are not exempt, and thinks that Catholic institutions might still get stuck with paying for the free coverage that will be provided by the insurance companies. But columnist Margaret Carlson faults the Catholic bishops for not accepting the compromise and moving on. “Even though the new regulation shows that the president has taken the bishops’ objections into account, they refuse once again to declare victory and move on to aiding the poor and comforting the sick,” she wrote. “They will not be satisfied, apparently, if even one employee of a Catholic-aligned institution is getting birth control through insurance.”
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