Burwell on Nuns’ O’Care Challenge: We Respect ‘People’s Religious Beliefs’

‘What we want to do is make sure we are respecting people’s religious beliefs and at the same time, making sure that women have the health care and preventive care that they want and need’

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BURWELL: “We know and that's one of the things this year we are doing, we are working harder and trying to work smarter, targeting making sure we know where those folks are. We have five key cities and areas that we're focused on, Houston, Dallas, Miami, northern New Jersey and Chicago.”

MITCHELL: “Now, you have some legal challenges still ahead. The Supreme Court is not out of this picture because there is a challenge. The Little Sisters of the Poor against you, by name, challenging the health care law and the pope himself giving some weight to that by stopping and visiting with them when he was here in Washington, to show and signal their support for the challenge to the features of the health care law, which do permit coverage for contraception and other things that are opposed by the church.”

BURWELL: “So with regard to the issue, what we want to do is make sure we are respecting people's religious beliefs and at the same time, making sure that women have the health care and preventive care that they want and need. We think we have put together an approach that works to do that. So that certain entities don't need to do that. So we believe we are meeting that both in terms of respecting religious beliefs as well as providing health care and as it goes through the courts, I think we believe we are in a position where we are meeting the test.” 

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