Commentator John Gehring asserts that Catholic hospitals and universities would not have to pay for birth control coverage for their employees under an accommodation with the Obama administration that requires insurance companies to pick up the tab ("Finding common ground," Nov. 12). This is not true.
It is true that the president held a press conference to announce the proposed compromise, commonly referred to as the "accommodation." But it was never formally enacted into law.
The question of whether the publication of the proposed compromise constitutes sufficient grounds for dismissing religious employers' lawsuits as unripe is being litigated. But even the federal government concedes that the accommodation is not law and does not amend the Affordable Care Act or its accompanying regulations.
Mr. Gehring's article misstates the facts and should be corrected.
Jane Belford, Washington