Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the birth control coverage change "can be lived with."

Feinstein regrets Obama's birth control compromise

Published: Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 - 8:45 pm

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein expressed disappointment Saturday in the compromise the Obama administration announced this week on its birth control coverage mandate but said the decision "can be lived with."

"I regret the fact that the president felt he had to do it, but he had to do it," she told reporters after speaking at the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego.

The Obama administration announced Friday that it would not force certain religious institutions such as Catholic hospitals to comply with a health regulation requiring employers to provide employees with access to free contraceptives. While the faith-based employers will be able to opt out of the rule, insurance companies will be required to provide such coverage at no cost to the employer.

Feinstein's comment contrasted with remarks made by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who defended the administration's move. Pelosi told reporters that the move demonstrated Obama's unifying leadership abilities and an ongoing commitment to women's health.

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