Catholics, Obama, contraception coverage: DNC video has Obama’s back

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WASHINGTON–A day after President Barack Obama revised rules about who pays for women to get free contraception coverage in her employers’ health insurance plan–in the wake of complaints from the Catholic Church–the Democratic National Committee released a video backing Obama’s moves.

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The Obama re-election team believes that female voters–including Catholics–put a high value on getting birth control costs paid for through their health plans. Three GOP presidential contenders–Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich–have made Obama’s compromise for religious employers into an issue of religious liberty rather than contraception coverage. Under the revised deal, religious employers–hospitals and non-profits, for example–do not have to pay for birth control coverage for female workers; instead the insurance companies will deal with the women directly.

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