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Rubio on Obama administration's health care rules: "They have made a big, big mistake here."

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,  has emerged as one of the leading spokesman for the newest cultural war:  Repealing the Obama administration’s plan to make some religious institutions, such as hospitals and universities, comply with federal law requiring all health plans to provide contraceptives without a copay. 

Rubio introduced legislation this week that would repeal the federal health care requirement. His bill  has the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, today called the requirement unconstitutional. So did Rubio, in an interview with talk show host Laura Ingraham. Rubio said he hope President Barack Obama’s adminsitration would "realize that they have made a big, big mistake here."

One of the most" cherished constitutional principles, in fact one of the cornerstone ones when this country was founded and framed through the Constitution, was the issue of religious freedom," Rubio said. "And the notion that somehow the government of the United States could come in and not just force you to do it but, more importantly, force a religious organization to pay for something that religion teaches is immoral would be so beyond anything the framers could have imagined. And it's exactly the kind of thing they wanted to prevent when they enshrined that protection in the Constitution."

Rubio, who is Catholic, told Politico earlier today that he and his wife, who have four children, practice the official church policy, which bans contraception. "I can tell you that none of my children were planned," he told Politico. 

They are likely in the minority among Catholics. In a well-cited study from this spring, the Guttmacher Institute found that among all women who have had sex, 99 percent have used a contraceptive method other than natural family planning. The number is "virtually the same among Catholic women," the study found, with 98 percent of Catholic women using birth control at some point in their lives. 

Rubio called his legislation "a common sense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so."

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Kristin Carter

The president went to law school at Harvard. It's this little school outside Boston. Perhaps you've heard of it?

Egualetsion

Another idiot

Mark Anderson

Gosh, Rubio backs a large organization that wants to take away the rights of all their employees, irregardless of their religious beliefs.
No surprise there.

SteveJOtis


Let me tell you one thing that the best health insurance plans has completely different set of meaning for different type of people. For those who are rich, the plan which can earn them more is best. However, those who are in the middle class have different ideas. They think that insurance plan is the best for which they will have to pay minimum premium. However, the poor person does not even know that what is health insurance? If you are one of them search online for "Penny Medical" and get smart about insurance.

frank burnsf

This is not a matter of conscience for the bishops. They provide remuneration, in the form of cash or insurance, and the workers decide how to use it. What a red herring!

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