This “solution” bakes the cost of birth control into the premiums charged the bishops and their institutions, but allows them to claim they are not directly funding something they consider odious. It is a jesuitical exercise of form over substance, an art form the Church has made its special province for over a millenium.
As for the bishops, I expect they will apply their arguments on this issue to explain to a carefully listening Mr. Obama why the Church’s “errant” priests ought not to be liable for their sexual crimes. It would offend the conscience to so assert civic over religious authority. Never mind the underlying behavior.