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Blunt Amendment (ObamaCare) "Killed" in Senate!

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  • rlbaty50
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      Birth control exemption bill, the `Blunt amendment,' killed in Senate

      J. Scott Applewhite/AP

      By N. C. Aizenman and
      Rosalind S. Helderman
      March 1, 2012

      (excerpts)

      By a largely party-line vote, the Senate on Thursday
      blocked a move to exempt virtually any employer with
      moral objections from the Obama administration's
      controversial birth control health coverage rule.

      The measure was among the most sweeping of several
      congressional efforts to broaden the current religious
      exemption in the birth control rule, which only fully
      exempts explicitly religious organizations such as
      churches from its requirement that worker health plans
      include contraceptive coverage with no out-of-pocket
      charges.

      Under the Blunt amendment, not only would
      church-affiliated organizations such as Catholic
      hospitals, universities, schools and charities have
      been free to opt out of the coverage, any non-religious
      employer with a moral objection would have qualified.

      The amendment would also have allowed such employers
      to refuse to cover any other preventive procedures
      required under the administration's rule if they had
      a religious or moral objection.

      Trying to defuse the controversy, the Obama
      administration last month said it would amend the
      rule.

      Under the revised version, women who work for such
      organizations would still be guaranteed contraceptive
      coverage, but they would obtain it directly from their
      insurance companies, which would not be allowed to
      charge additional premiums.

      The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops remains opposed
      to that compromise.

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