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So-called 'accommodation' Makes Mandate Worse


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2/13/2012

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ABSTRACTReview & Outlook: Immaculate Contraception - WSJ.com nullnull WSJ WSJ Facebook Twitter MarketWatch MarketWatch Barron's Barron's SmartMoney SmartMoney AllThingsDigital AllThingsDigital FINS FINS More BigCharts Virtual Stock Exchange Financial News WSJ Asia WSJ India WSJ China chinese edition WSJ Japan japanese edition WSJ Europe WSJ Deutschland WSJ Americas en Español em Português WSJ Radio WSJ Wine SEARCH | The Wall Street Journal Review & Outlook Welcome, Logout Customer Center My Journal Help Message Center ( new) U.S. Edition Home ↓ More WSJ.com is available in the following editions and languages: U.S. Asia India China Japan Europe Deutschland Americas en Español em Português Register for FREE Register for FREE Thank you for registering. We sent an email to: Please click on the link inside the email to complete your registration Please register to gain free access to WSJ tools. An account already exists for the email address entered. Forgot your username or password? This service is temporary unavailable due to system maintenance. Please try again later. The username entered is already associated with another account. Please enter a different username The email address you have entered is already in use. Please re-enter the email address. First Name Last Name Email (your email address will be your login) Confirm Email Create a Password Confirm Password Company Size (Optional) Please make a selection 1-99 100-499 500-999 1,000-2,499 2,500-4,999 5,000-9,999 10,000-14,999 15,000-24,999 25,000+ Not Applicable From time to time, we will send you e-mail announcements on new features and special offers from The Wall Street Journal Online. Create a profile for me in the Journal Community Why Register? Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions As a registered user of The Wall Street Journal Online, you will be able to: Setup and manage your portfolio Personalize your own news page Receive and manage newsletters Login/Register to set your edition Today's Paper People In The News Video Blogs Journal Community Subscribe Log In World » More World » More Loading… U.S. » More U.S. » More Loading… New York » More New York » More Loading… Business » More Business » More Loading… Markets » More Markets » More Loading… Tech » More Tech » More Loading… Personal Finance » More Personal Finance » More Loading… Life & Culture » More Life & Culture » More Loading… Opinion » More Opinion » More Loading… Careers » More Careers » More Loading… Real Estate » More Real Estate » More Loading… Small Business » More Small Business » More Loading… Leisure & Arts Book Reviews Letters to the Editor Political Diary Columns Dow Jones Reprints: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit www.djreprints.com See a sample reprint in PDF format. Order a reprint of this article now REVIEW & OUTLOOK February 11, 2012 Immaculate Contraception An 'accommodation' that makes the birth-control mandate worse. Article Comments more in Opinion | Find New $LINKTEXTFIND$ » Email Print Save ↓ More smaller Larger Here's a conundrum: The White House wants to impose its birth-control ideology on all Americans, including those for whom sponsoring or subsidizing such services violates their moral conscience. The White House also wants to avoid a political backlash from this blow to religious freedom. These goals are irreconcilable. So you almost have to admire the absurdity of the new plan President Obama floated yesterday: The government will now write a rule that says the best things in life are "free," including contraception. Thus a political mandate will be compounded by an uneconomic one—in other words, behold the soul of ObamaCare. Enlarge Image Close AFP/Getty Images President Obama with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelious announce an adjustment to the health care bill on Friday. Under the original Health and Human Services regulation, all religious institutions except for houses of worship would be required to cover birth control, including hospitals, schools and charities. Under the new rule, which the White House stresses is "an accommodation" and not a compromise, nonprofit religious organizations won't have to directly cover birth control and can opt out. But the insurers they hire to cover their employees can't opt out. If that sounds like a distinction without a difference, odds are you're a rational person. Say Notre Dame decides that its health plan won't cover birth control on moral grounds. A faculty member wants such coverage, so Notre Dame's insurer will then be req.......