Get ready because another cowardly cave-in is about to come from the Obama administration. Obama had already angered women’s rights groups and the medical and scientific communities when he decided to take yet another page from the Bush administration and ignore the F.D.A.’s recommendation that Plan B One-Step is safe and should be sold without a prescription to women under 17. In an effort to mollify their anger over the decision, the Obama administration was promoting a new contraception rule that requires all health insurers to offer birth control coverage. And the effort did seem to help pacify some of the anger from women’s rights groups. Several female liberal legislators praised Obama for the new policy. “We’re here to stand up for the women of America who deserve to have access to free preventive care through their health insurance.” Senator Barbara Boxer said.
But now Catholic groups and Republican presidential candidates are upset over the rule and are screaming about religious oppression. And we all know what happens when Obama is faced with any type of opposition – HE CAVES! And this is an election year. So, just like clockwork, Obama’s backtrack has begun with some advance warnings that another cave-in is on the way. David Axelrod, a senior campaign adviser to President Obama, is now making public statements about not wanting to “abridge anyone’s religious freedom” and that they will work with Catholic leaders to “resolve it in an appropriate way.” Harry Reid seem to go even further when trying to quell Republican (and even some Democrat) opposition to the rule by saying the rule has not been finalized, “contraception is a rule that hasn’t been made final yet. There’s no final rule.”
Isn’t it great to have such a “fierce advocate” in the White House? I’d love to say that he never backs down but the man has a history of folding like a cheap suit at the first sign of a wrinkle (memories of the Public Option still linger). Well, if nothing else, he is “fierce” about his re-election campaign. Nothing is as important as career advancement.