Obama Tells Vatican: ‘Most Religious Organizations Are Entirely Exempt’ from Obamacare

President Obama said Pope Francis did not raise Obamacare “in detail” when they met on Thursday, but that in a separate meeting with the Vatican’s secretary of state “we discussed briefly the issue of making sure that conscience and religious freedom was observed in the context of applying the law.”

At a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama also acknowledged that he differs with the Vatican’s stance on some issues, but added that he “heartily” agrees with most of its positions.

During his nearly hour-long papal audience, Obama said Pope Francis “actually did not touch in detail on the Affordable Care Act.”