Mika Brzezinski Defends Anti-Catholic HHS Mandate by Rattling Off Obama Talking Points
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Mika Brzezinski Defends Anti-Catholic HHS Mandate by Rattling Off Obama Talking Points

Bridgeport : CT : USA | Feb 07, 2012 at 3:11 PM PST
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Morning Joe, a significant amount of coverage was given to the Obama administration's federal mandate that religious colleges and hospitals cover contraception in their health insurance plans, regardless of if doing so would violate their church's teaching. To no surprise, co-host Mika Brzezinski was prepared for the discussion having talked it out with her handlers in the White House. Brzezinski admitted that she did not fully understand the issue and was curious to know more.  So of course she went to the White House for clarity, rather than say columnist Peggy Noonan who wrote a column that the White House convinced her was very misleading.  Following the White House script, Brzezinski made the points that there's a one to two to three-year grace period for religious institutions to work it out, and that there are 28 states that have these policies in place.  Host Joe Scarborough dismissed the talking point as number two that the White House is putting out, to which Brzezinski casually responded, Y eah, I know, I had a call with them yesterday.   Yet these White House talking points being pushed by Brzezinski don't turn out to be entirely true.  As pointed out by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the federal mandate is much more strict than the mandates in place in 28 states.   ObamaCare's federal mandate closes all avenues that exist in the states for religious institutions to exempt themselves from coverage that directly violates their faith.   Scarborough attempted to explain to Brzezinski that she was misled, saying Mika, you talked to the White House yesterday, who is spinning wildly right now. Because they're in trouble.   Perhaps Brzezinski is getting too used to spewing the White House's talking points, as this is not the first time she has done it.  On March 26, 2010, Brzezinski spent an entire minute reading White House talking points on ObamaCare straight from her BlackBerry. Perhaps that's why Joe playfully snarked as he closed out the segment, You wanna check your BlackBerry and see if the White House is e-mailing you?...Well, it's just the Peggy Noonan piece left some things out.  I think we're going to have her on, right?...As the governor of Connecticut pointed out yesterday, there are 28 states that have these policies in place...Six states have the one that the Obama administration are putting in place, and the thing that was really left out is that in this new order, there's a one to two to three-year grace period for religious institutions to work it out, to try to find a model in which it can be done...Now I'm not That's just really important information that we've never. Let's start with number two first that the White House is putting out. But I have to say that the article, appears to be very misleading...No, I actually was very curious about this, because I don't understand it...Yeah, he's going to back down.  Because I think they had a real blind spot here and they got surprised.  When, you know, we have a story about, I guess even the head of the Army ordering Army chaplains not to read a letter from the Archbishop, I think, this is all, it's all taken off very quickly...He still needs to lead us to understand how is the country going to balance these difficult issues. Well, yeah, ok.  Well the President, the way it is laid out it leaves a good amount of time for that to happen. It's not like, this is not a blanket overstep, which is what I thought it was when I read Peggy's column, to be quite honest. Of course I did.  Ok, you know what, I don't agree with the White House on this, okay?  But I did call to listen to them, because thats what we do.  Ok?...You know what?  I thought she was on today?  Is she on today?

 
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