“The Senate is considering GOP legislation aimed at rolling back President Barack Obama's policy on birth control coverage,” the AP writes. “At issue is a measure sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri that would allow employers and insurers to opt out of provisions in Obama's health care law to which they object on religious or moral grounds. That includes the recently rewritten requirement that insurers cover the cost of birth control, even for religiously affiliated employers whose faith forbids contraception.”
(Olympia Snowe, by the way, on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports said the amendment is broader than she’d like and she couldn’t support it.)
“Retirement announcements by Senator Olympia Snowe and other centrists are putting more U.S. Senate seats at stake than at any time since 1996 -- and the result may be an even more polarized environment next year,” Bloomberg writes.
In fact, Roll Call writes, “When the history books are written, this week may go down as a seminal point in the 2012 battle for control of the Senate.”