Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Some people can't take "yes" for an answer

By now we all know that the Obama administration issued a directive requiring all employees to provide contraception as part of their health insurance plans. As the backlash from the Catholic Bishops and Republicans intensifies, the administration doesn't seem to be budging. As a matter of fact, they are mounting a pretty strong defense as is demonstrated by the fact that this comparison of the federal HHS rule to Romneycare was developed by the Obama campaign and posted on their blog yesterday.

But those who have watched Obama over the years know that it is very typical of him to want to keep communication open with the opposition until every avenue for resolution is explored. That's what Press Secretary Jay Carney indicated was happening today.

I think on this issue, from the very beginning we have said that we will listen and work with individuals who have concerns as we work to implement the law. As I said yesterday, on January 20th, when this decision was announced, Secretary Sebelius said: “We will continue to work closely with religious groups during this transitional period to discuss their concerns.”...

We want to work with all these organizations to implement this policy in a way that is as sensitive to their concerns as possible.

And then his very next sentence...

But let’s be clear. We are committed -- the President is committed -- to ensuring that women have access to contraception without paying any extra costs no matter where they work.

This idea of leaving the lines of communication open for possible resolution seems to drive some people a bit nuts as was demonstrated by a Daily Kos front-pager with her diary titled Time for the White House to end the contraception conversation with Catholic leaders. I'm not going to quote from it because the title already tells you all you need to know. Instead I think I'll give the author the Crybaby of the Day award...


...and suggest that she grow up and learn how to take "yes" for an answer.


  1. "President Obama “reinforced” his stance on the controversial contraception mandate while speaking at the Democrats’ annual retreat at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. today, Senate Democrats said."

    Kalli really needs to stop lecturing PBO like some 15 yr old.


  2. I dropped another leftie org (can't remember which one now) from my email subs when they headlined their communique on this with the oh-so-predictable "WILL OBAMA CAVE ON CONTRACEPTION!?!?" Told them that assholes who borrow right-wing framing -- and worse, go into pre-emptive panic-mongering when there is NO evidence that the Obama administration intends to budge -- obviously don't know how to be effective advocates for the causes I care about and they can stop pestering me.