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Vice-President Biden upset about mandate


THOMAS FERRARO

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Reuters
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Media/Opinion
Date:
2/9/2012

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ABSTRACT Biden says contraceptives fight can be worked out | Reuters   Edition: U.S. Africa Arabic Argentina Brazil Canada China France Germany India Italy Japan Latin America Mexico Russia Spain United Kingdom Home Business Business Home Economy Technology Media Small Business Legal Deals Earnings Social Pulse Business Video The Freeland File Markets Markets Home U.S. Markets European Markets Asian Markets Global Market Data Indices M&A Stocks Bonds Currencies Commodities Futures Funds peHUB World World Home U.S. Brazil China Euro Zone Japan Mexico Russia India Insight World Video Reuters Investigates Decoder Politics Politics Home Election 2012 Issues 2012 Candidates 2012 Tales from the Trail Political Punchlines Supreme Court Politics Video Tech Technology Home MediaFile Science Tech Video Tech Tonic Social Pulse Opinion Opinion Home Chrystia Freeland John Lloyd Felix Salmon Jack Shafer David Rohde Bernd Debusmann Nader Mousavizadeh Lucy P. Marcus David Cay Johnston Bethany McLean Edward Hadas Hugo Dixon Ian Bremmer Lawrence Summers Susan Glasser The Great Debate Steven Brill Jack & Suzy Welch Breakingviews Equities Credit Private Equity M&A Macro & Markets Politics Breakingviews Video Money Money Home Tax Break Lipper Awards 2012 Global Investing MuniLand Unstructured Finance Linda Stern Mark Miller John Wasik James Saft Analyst Research Alerts Watchlist Portfolio Stock Screener Fund Screener Personal Finance Video Money Clip Investing 201 Life Health Sports Arts Faithworld Business Traveler Entertainment Oddly Enough Lifestyle Video Pictures Pictures Home Reuters Photographers Full Focus Video Reuters TV Reuters News Article Comments (60) Follow Reuters Facebook Twitter RSS YouTube Read Obama takes a shot at Supreme Court over healthcare | 02 Apr 2012 Tornadoes rip through Dallas-Fort Worth area | 7:28pm EDT Trayvon Martin: Before the world heard the cries 6:07pm EDT France best, U.S. worst in preventable death ranking 08 Jan 2008 Government site back up after it crashes with 1940 census data 12:04pm EDT Discussed 774 Obama confident Supreme Court will uphold healthcare law 191 Supreme Court weighs all-or-nothing on healthcare law 179 As Paul’s White House campaign fades, supporters face choices Watched High hopes for Dutch car plane Mon, Apr 2 2012 Massive tornado tosses trucks through air in Texas 3:34pm EDT Traditional Chinese medicine gets 21st century makeover Mon, Apr 2 2012 Biden says contraceptives fight can be worked out Tweet Share this Email Print Related News After wins, Santorum seeks funding Thu, Feb 9 2012 Gay marriage wins final legislative approval in Washington state Wed, Feb 8 2012 Obama birth-control rule stokes election-year fight Wed, Feb 8 2012 UPDATE 4-Obama birth-control rule stokes election-year fight Wed, Feb 8 2012 Insight: Komen charity under microscope for funding, science Wed, Feb 8 2012 Analysis & Opinion Obama’s birth-control rule stokes U.S. election-year fight Feisty Gingrich makes plea for evangelical vote Related Topics U.S. » Politics » Health » Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York addresses the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, Marylalnd November 14, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque By Thomas Ferraro and John Whitesides WASHINGTON | Thu Feb 9, 2012 6:47pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday the White House was working to address concerns raised by the Catholic church over a new rule on contraceptives, and he believed an escalating election-year battle over the issue would be resolved. The rule, announced on January 20, requires religious-oriented groups such as charities, hospitals and universities, but not churches, to provide coverage for birth control as other health insurance providers must do. The Catholic Church opposes most methods of birth control. Top Republicans, including the party's presidential candidates, have condemned the rule as an assault on religious liberty. Prominent Democrats and women's health groups have urged President Barack Obama to hold his ground. "I'm determined to see that this gets worked out and I believe we can work it out," Biden, who is Catholic, told Cincinnati's WLM radio station during a visit to Ohio. ABC News, citing sources, said the rule had been the focus of an intense internal skirmish at the White House, with Biden, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and then-Chief of Staff Bill Daley warning it would spark heavy political fallout. But they lost the fight to a group that included Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and senior advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Plouffe, who argued birth control saved women's lives, reduced unwanted pregnancies and was a fundamental women's health issue, ABC said. The White House says the rule aimed to strike a balance between Catholic Church doctrine and women's right to health care. It has promised to work with groups to implement the rule, but has not backed away from it. B.......