Trump annuls mandatory contraception coverage

Trump annuls mandatory contraception coverage

Becket and other law firms representing employers with religious objections to birth control say they will continue to await a final injunction from the courts, since even the new rules aren't set in stone.

The administration has issued a long-expected revision to Obama-era rules.

Trump's refusal to take action that would actually help people is proof of what we've already known about this president and his administration: They would rather play political games than improve the lives of the American people. Under the ACA, over 62.4 million women have gained guaranteed coverage of preventive services without co-pays, including birth control. The mandate saved women an estimated $1.4 billion on birth control pills alone in 2013, according to the center.

By and large, employers do not save money by deciding not to cover contraceptive care, as the savings from not providing birth control are typically mitigated by an uptick in pregnancies, births, and associated costs.

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The Center for Reproductive Rights is now considering all legal action to ensure women can get the health care they need, free from discrimination.

The Times reported that, according to a study commissioned by the Obama administration, some 55 million women rely on the ACA's employer mandate to obtain birth control without a copayment.

"We believe that people with honest religious beliefs should be able to use an exemption", said Lori Windham, an attorney with the group.

"Contraception is an essential component of health care", Davis said in a Friday press release.

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The Trump administration also said that applying the mandate to those with sincerely held religious objections does not serve a compelling governmental interest. That and being incomprehensible, dangerously dumb, and infuriatingly the President at all times. The new rule, he said, provides "relief to those who have been under the thumb of the federal government".

But, the administration says, "Congress has a consistent history of supporting conscience protections for moral convictions alongside protections for religious beliefs".

A number of legal challenges to the new rules are brewing from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Women's Law Center, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

"With the stroke of a pen, the Trump administration has shamelessly attempted to rip away the rights of untold numbers of women to receive essential healthcare, under the warped facade of 'religious freedom, '" SEIU-UHW president Dave Regan said. No longer will Catholic nuns who care for the elderly poor be forced by the government to provide abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. Some of the cases reached the Supreme Court and were the object of nationwide attention, such as the Hobby Lobby ruling in 2014.

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But Dr. Haywood L. Brown, the president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said the rules would turn back the clock on women's health. Some others, such as religious-based universities or hospitals, could seek accommodations so that they didn't have to provide coverage, but their workers could still get covered contraceptives that would be paid for by the insurer or the employer plan's administrator.

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