White House Rolls Back Obamacare Birth-Control Mandates

White House Rolls Back Obamacare Birth-Control Mandates

"The National Women's Law Center, a nonprofit advocacy group, has been preparing a lawsuit since last spring, when it learned that the Trump administration meant to rewrite the contraception mandate", The New York Times reported.

The Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate has been updated about 10 times over the last six years, as the Obama administration sought to address religious concerns related to birth control.

The administration estimated that some 200 employers who have already voiced objections to the Obama-era policy would qualify for the expanded opt-out, and that 120,000 women would be affected.

"With this rule in place, any employer could decide that their employees no longer have health insurance coverage for birth control", she said in the statement.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit Friday.

As a result of the ACA, most women no longer pay for contraceptives.

The Trump administration acknowledges that this is a reversal of President Barack Obama's conclusion that the mandate was needed because the government had a compelling interest in protecting women's health. For instance, there are hundreds of Catholic hospitals, nursing homes and nonprofits that may want to stop providing contraceptives, said Tim Jost, emeritus professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. "Today, nine months after women across the country marched together to reject President Trump's anti-woman agenda, he has rolled out a tax on their health care".

The Supreme Court a year ago ordered the Obama administration and religiously affiliated organizations, such as universities and charities, to reach agreement on an accommodation that would let employees of such groups have access to no-cost contraception.

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Employers with religious or moral qualms will also be able to cover some birth control methods, and not others. That rule will force women who work for those companies to pay for contraceptive pills and devices themselves.

"The Trump administration just took direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women".

"The Trump administration is carrying out the agenda of religious fundamentalists, the biggest part of the president's remaining devoted supporters", said Maggie Garrett, Americans United's legislative director, in a statement Friday.

Both the National Women's Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday they plan to challenge the rule in court.

The new rules take effect right away.

Dr. Haywood L. Brown, the president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, told the Times that the rules would "turn back the clock on women's health". In June 2014, justices ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and other closely held corporations whose owners objected to contraception for religious reasons. The second rule provides an exemption for organizations and small businesses that object on the basis of moral conviction rather than religious belief.

In one of the new rules, the Trump administration says that exemptions should be available to "nonreligious nonprofit organizations" like March for Life, which holds an annual march opposing abortion. It allowed millions of uninsured people to get health insurance. Real Alternatives lost a suit against the mandate at the Third Circuit Court in August, which ruled that their pro-life mission did not merit a religious exemption from the mandate.

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