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U.S. President Barack Obama will not attempt to impose a controversial new health care mandate that attempted to make religious organizations to pay for contraceptives, abortion inducing drugs and sterilization treatment.

“Under the rule, women will still have access to free preventive care that includes contraceptive services, no matter where they work – that core principle remains,” Obama said Friday.

But he quickly added that “religious organizations won’t have to pay for these services, and no religious institution will have to provide these services directly.”

The proposed rule sparked a furor – especially among Catholics, who generally oppose most methods of birth control. And the bad blood may not be over – even as Obama offered his “accommodation” (he specifically refused to call it a “compromise”).

As usual, we’re proceeding straight through the social conservative kerfuffle and addressing the fiscal/ libertarian issues.

Well we’re not … smarter people whose hatred of Obamacare is much more rationally grounded than ours are …

“Critics are missing the larger point,” John Cochrane of The Cato Institute wrote in an op-ed article published in The Wall Street Journal. “Why should the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decree that any of us must pay for ‘insurance’ that covers contraceptives?”

Ah … now we’re talking.

“Sure, churches should be exempt,” Cochrane continues. “We should all be exempt.”

He’s right. Given Obamacare’s infringements on individual liberty, its costly tax hikes and its deficit-busting new entitlements … this contraceptive flap is the least of our worries about the new law.

Pic: via Daylife