"It’s clear that these [religious] organizations were not included in developing the so-called compromise offered today. The President should take up the Bishops’ offer to find a resolution that respects all Americans’ constitutional rights. In the meantime, the House of Representatives, led by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will continue to work toward a legislative solution that achieves that same goal."Again, the vast majority of the American population (including Catholics) doesn't have a problem with birth control. The notion that insurance should pay for it is not controversial. The small set of social conservatives that have a problem with it are heavily, heavily outnumbered—which isn't stopping Boehner from claiming he's doing it "on behalf of the American people." Sheesh.
If the Republicans in Congress want to go down this road, I think they're going to get plastered on it. I would therefore probably encourage it, except I keep thinking that maybe at some point Congress might want to actually, oh, solve some actual goddamn problems or something. They're not into that, though, so John Boehner is going instead to spend his government time trying to out-bishop the actual bishops. But only on the issue of birth control, mind you. On the issues of immigrant rights, and economic fairness, and unemployment, and war, and the rest of that stuff, forget about it. Can't you just feel the love?