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February 5, 2013 4:43 AM
The HHS mandate has not changed
Posted by Staff
National Review:

Under the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, many employer-provided health-insurance plans are required to provide, for free, all FDA-approved forms of contraception, including those that sometimes operate as abortifacients, as well as sterilization services.

It’s fitting that the Obama administration used the business day right before Groundhog Day to announce the next bureaucratic step in its supposed “accommodation” of employers who have religious objections to complying with the mandate. For despite the claims of some White House courtiers (and, alas, a few opponents of the mandate whose naïve hopes have gotten the better of their judgment), there was nothing meaningfully new last week. We seldom have occasion to agree with the New York Times editorial board, but its assessment that the recently proposed rules do “not seem to depart in any significant way” from what was proposed a year ago is clearly correct.
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