White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew announced that the Administration of Barack Obama has no plans to compromise further on its mandate that requires all employer-based healthcare plans provide women with free contraceptives, The Washington Times reported.
According to the newspaper, this reaffirming from the White House came despite the harsh criticism from conservatives, Catholic bishops and other religious leaders.
The Times reported that the outcry had Obama backpedaling a bit, as he announced that the religious employers such as universities, charities and hospitals would not have to pay for contraceptive coverage. However, Lew told Fox News that this was as far as the White House would go in terms of a compromise.
“We didn’t expect to get universal support of the bishops or all Catholics,” Lew told the news outlet. “We think that this is something that should put this issue to rest. The President was expecting this policy to be reached over a longer period of time.”
Though the President made a slight compromise by relieving religious organizations of this responsibility, as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement declaring the new policy of “grave moral concern.”