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On The Campaign Trail, It Seems Everyone Has Critics

According to reports, the Obama administration continues to face stiff criticism from Catholic leaders over its contraception policies. Meanwhile, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has among his health policy advisers two people who are on the record in their opposition to the health law he signed while governor of Massachusetts.  

The Washington Post: Catholic Leaders Remain Critical Of Obama Administration
Catholic Church leaders said Sunday that the institution's dispute with the Obama administration over contraception policy continues, with Cardinal Timothy Dolan saying, "We didn't ask for the fight, but we're not going to back away from it" (Thompson, 4/8).

The Hill (Video): Cardinal Dolan Criticizes Obama Contraception Policy As 'Radical Intrusion'
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said Sunday the Obama administration's policy on contraception was "a dramatic radical intrusion of government bureaucracy in the internal life" of the Catholic Church and vowed to continue to fight the ruling. In an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation," Dolan reiterated that he remained unsatisfied with the administration's policy requiring that employees of religious organizations, including Catholic groups, have access to contraception (Berman, 4/8).

Politico Pro: Some Romney Advisers Don't Like His Law
If Mitt Romney needs any reminder of how unpopular his Massachusetts health care plan is with conservatives, he need only look at his closest health advisers. Two of the five members of Romney's recently announced Health Care Policy Advisory Group have a record of opposition to his Massachusetts health care reform plan. Paul Howard, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a new addition to Romney's advisory team, wrote in late 2010 that Romney's plan has resulted in a dramatic increase in insurance costs for small businesses (Haberkorn, 4/9).

In other campaign news, the political arm of Planned Parenthood has made an endorsement in the Massachusetts Senate race.

Boston Globe: Planned Parenthood Endorses Elizabeth Warren
The political arm of Planned Parenthood has endorsed Elizabeth Warren in her challenge of Senator Scott Brown, providing timely support in what political analysts say is a crucial, competitive contest for women voters. ... [Dianne Luby, president of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund in Massachusetts] cited Warren's recent opposition to the so-called Blunt amendment in the decision to endorse her over Brown (Valencia, 4/9).

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