March 2, 2012

JOE BIDEN: We ‘screwed up’ contraception rule. “Vice President Biden acknowledged the administration ‘screwed up’ the first iteration of the contraception mandate, which eventually was changed in an atempt to please angry Catholic leaders.”

UPDATE: Jonathan Adler writes: “The contraception rule was NOT changed (at least not yet). The Administration finalized the interim rule without change, and has merely promised to propose and finalize a change to accommodate objections at some point in the next year. There is a one-year grace period for religious employers, but that’s it. There is no draft proposal, let alone an actual revision, and the pledge has no legal import. Unless the Administration takes further action, the original mandate will go into force.” More here.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Still more here: