Trump to Broaden Exemptions to Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and other healthcare groups said the rule would make it harder for millions of Americans to access the healthcare they need.

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(Reuters) — The Trump administration is considering taking steps to broaden the Obamacare limits on claiming a religious or moral exemption from providing health insurance that covers birth control, Vox news reported on Wednesday.

The Vox website posted a copy of a draft of a new rule that it said the administration was reviewing. The rule would undermine coverage for one of the 10 essential health benefits covered by President Barack Obama’s signature piece of domestic legislation, which Republicans have vowed to repeal and replace.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declined to comment and spokeswoman Alleigh Marre said it does not “comment on alleged drafts of documents.” The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, employers are required to provide health insurance that covers birth control, except for religious houses of worship, which are exempt. Some owners of private businesses also obtained exemptions after the Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that they could object to the rule on religious grounds.

Republicans do not have enough seats in the U.S. Senate to fully repeal Obamacare and as a result, the Republican strategy for rolling back the law includes stopping implementation of new health regulations and creating new administrative rules that undermine parts of the existing law.

Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and other healthcare groups criticized the proposed rule and said it would make it harder for millions of Americans to access the healthcare they need. The ACLU threatened to challenge the administration in court if the rule becomes finalized.

“Any rule that allows employers to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees is an attempt at allowing religion to be used as a license to discriminate,” the ACLU said in a statement.

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  • You’re Against the Death Penalty, Unless it is a Defenseless Unborn Human, who did Nothing to Deserve that Death Sentence, for the Mere Convenience of a woman unwilling to Take Responsibility for her actions

    You Are Immoral and Mentally Questionable

    • How is birth control the “Death Penalty….[for] a Defenseless Unborn Human”? To the contrary, lack of birth control can lead to the “Death Penalty” for both the woman and an unwanted pregnancy.

  • How in the HECK of not requiring others to pay for some females contraceptives looked at as being anti health? So should the government pay for a males rubbers too?

    • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

      It’s much, much cheaper to pay for contraception of all kinds (yes, coverage does include condoms) than to pay for the cost of raising unwanted children and children whose parents cannot afford to care for them. (And a good book on grammar would not cost much, Ed and PIANKI.)

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