Ryan calls contraception coverage an ‘accounting gimmick’

By David Edwards
Sunday, February 12, 2012 11:32 EDT
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Paul Ryan speaks to ABC
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House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday said that the Obama’s administration move to accommodate the Catholic Church’s concerns about covering contraception for women was just an “accounting trick.”

The White House said last week that it would change proposed rules requiring religious hospitals and universities to cover birth control, instead mandating that insurance companies provide those services.

“This thing is a distinction without a difference,” Ryan told ABC’s George Stephanopolous. “It’s an accounting gimmick or a fig leaf. It’s not a compromise. The president’s doubled down.”

“They’re treating our constitutional First Amendment rights as revocable privileges from our government, not as inalienable rights from our creator,” he added.

“This is not going to force the Catholic institutions to pay for the coverage,” Stephanopoulos noted.

“It’s really an accounting trick,” Ryan insisted. “It forces the insurance company that they have to pay to do the coverage. So instead of making the institution itself, it forces the insurer — and a lot of these Catholic institutions are self-insured. And all insurers under this rule must provide these mandated benefits.”

Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Feb. 12, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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