Trump Does Away with Obama Mandate on Birth Control for Businesses
On Friday the Trump administration rolled back an ObamaCare requirement that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.
Among the many unconstitutional provisions of Obamacare, the mandate that employers offer health insurance that covers birth control without a co-pay, was among the most contentious and onerous. With the rules change, any for-profit or non-profit employer or insurer can stop following the birth control mandate on moral and religious grounds, and the rules take effect immediately.
The rules change came as a result of the executive order President Trump signed in April instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to address “conscience-based objections” to the mandate from religious schools, charitable organizations and priests and nuns.
The decision is a big win for Americans freedom, as entities with objections will not be forced to be complicit in choices that would violate their religious or moral convictions.
A senior HHS official told The Hill online newspaper that the intent of the move was to protect the right of conscience for individuals and organizations.
We should have space for organizations to live out their religious ideas and not face discrimination because of their religious ideas. That was the case beforehand, and that ends today.
When the mandate was implemented, it required all health insurance offered by the vast majority of employers to cover at least one of 18 forms of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Not surprisingly, both the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Women’s Law Center have already stated their intention to challenge the decision on court claiming that millions of women will be harmed by not having their birth control payed for by someone else, who may find it objectionable on moral grounds.
Top Democrat leaders also didn’t waste any time criticizing the move.
Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Health Committee told The Hill:
This is wrong, it’s outrageous, and I will be pushing every Republican who claims to care about women’s health and economic security to join me in fighting back against it.
Democrats like Murray, and leftist organizations like the ACLU only see discrimination from individuals who opposed the mandate on religious grounds, but give no credence to the belief of individuals and entities who find it troubling to be forced to pay for something they feel violates their conscience. What about their rights? President Trump feels that the best laws are those which properly weigh the rights of all people involved.
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