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  •  I don't quite follow the framing in this diary (1+ / 0-)
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    kefauver

    As I understand it, the HHS rule was annouced and then a period of public comment followed. That period is now over and a decision is to be made in Dec. or Jan. This diary seems to say that the "decision" is the initial announcement of the rule and it's somehow out of bounds to "re-open" it. But isn't that what the public comment period is all about?

    •  The decision to compromise (2+ / 0-)
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      kefauver, JVolvo

      seems to have been built into the rule already, and so by entertaining further 'compromise,' it looks like a possibility of caving...

      Even though that balance has already been achieved with the existing exemption, anti-choice groups are nonetheless claiming that the new rule violates their religious freedom. They say they want to expand the exemption beyond churches to  include hospitals and other facilities with religious affiliation, regardless of the religious beliefs of the people who work at and are served by those institutions.

      The post also mentions Obama touting the rule as if it were a done deal, and this has the appearance of a walk-back to me. In his address to the UN it was listed as an accomplishment. I don't know about you, but when I accomplish something that means it's done. That he now seeks to say no wait, we might not do this, is a bit unseemly.

      Over the past two and a half years, additional examples of the Obama Administration’s accomplishments in support of women and girls have included:

      ...

      as part of the Affordable Care Act, new insurance plans must cover these services, including: mammograms, STD/HIV testing and counseling, domestic violence counseling, contraception, gestational diabetes, with no deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance.  

      That said, I doubt the whole thing is kaput and maybe no further change will be made at all. (no change - cross fingers! ironic, feh.) I think it's a cause for concern. That's all.

      There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death. -- Isaac Asimov

      by tytalus on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 06:00:31 PM PST

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