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Paul Ryan: Obama's Contraception Rule Change An "Accounting Trick"

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, "This Week" host: I know you're opposed to the compromise the president announced this week on this contraception coverage, but do you have the votes in the House to block it?

REP. PAUL RYAN (R-Wis.): Absolutely, we do. Look, to paraphrase the bishops' letter, this thing is a distinction without a difference. It's an accounting gimmick or a fig leaf. It's not a compromise. The president's double -down.

What I see here in this whole episode, George, is it's a real teachable moment for America in two ways. Number one, they're treating our constitutional First Amendment rights as revocable privileges from our government, not as an inalienable rights from our creator. And number two, if this is what the president's willing to do in a tough election year, imagine what he will do in implementing the rest of his health care law after an election.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you heard Jack Lew right there, this is not going to force the institutions to pay for the coverage, the Catholic institutions to pay for the coverage.

RYAN: It's a distinction without a difference. It's really an accounting trick. It forces the insurance company that they have to pay to do the coverage. So instead of making the institution itself, it reinforces the insurer. And a lot of these Catholic institutions are self-insured, and all insurers under this rule must provide these mandated benefits. So it really is a distinction without a difference. This should be rescinded, not compromised like this, because I would, again, say it's not a compromise. The president's doubling down.

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