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Coming up short

Gazette staff March 14th, 2012

You can’t blame a fella for trying. State Insurance Commissioner John Doak recently tried jumping into the national brouhaha over contraception via a resolution at the spring meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Doak, elected to a four-year term in 2010, wanted to use the resolution to send a message to the Obama administration that the NAIC would not support “any legislative action that would deny citizens constitutionally protected religious rights” by requiring employers to provide birth control insurance coverage. The would-be resolution earned an attaboy from state Sen. Ralph Shortey (of “don’t put fetuses in food”/needless legislation fame), who released a March 5 statement applauding Doak’s “efforts to protect religious liberties in healthcare.”

Alas, politico.com reported last week that Doak couldn’t even rally a single motion for a vote, so his resolution died March 6. At least Shortey has his back.

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