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Harvard Professor Greg Mankiw explains the reality of the President’s ostensible concession in a published piece aptly titled Semantics at the Highest Level.

Consider these two policies:

A. An employer is required to provide its employees health insurance that covers birth control.

B. An employer is required to provide its employees health insurance.  The health insurance company is required to cover birth control.

The President changed the law from A to B which is no change at all.  The claimed concession is not an about face; it’s about farce.  It has oft been said that perception is reality.  The two are not the same, of course, but the aphorism makes the point that the difference is irrelevant.  Perceptions are formed by speeches and headlines while truth and reality often remain in obscurity.  In a prior post on this subject, I wrote “If there is one thing the President knows well, it is the art of agitation, how to create it, how to use it as a tool for accomplishing an objective and even how to deal with it if it turns negative to your cause.”  The pot is still simmering on the issue but thus far Obama has dealt with it effectively.