Trump Rolls Back Obamacare’s Birth Control Rule… Shielding Nuns From Contraceptive Mandate

President Trump neuters ObamaCare birth control coverage mandate and tightens regulations on plans covering abortion.

The Trump administration finalized major rule changes aimed at rolling back the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate and tightening restrictions to ensure that taxpayer subsidies aren’t used to fund abortions.

Obama prosecuted nuns to force his will on them, but Trump protects them. See the difference?

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Washington Examiner:

The Trump administration will exempt employers from providing insurance coverage for birth control if it conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs, scaling back a rule created under the Obama administration.

The rule, released Wednesday, will take effect in 60 days and will affect between 6,400 and 127,000 women, according to the Trump administration. The religious exemption applies to any type of employer, but the moral exemption doesn’t apply to publicly traded businesses or government entities.

The rules received praise from Susan B. Anthony’s List, an anti-abortion group that holds a moral objection to certain types of birth control. The group’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, in a statement slammed the original rules created under the Obama administration as “repeated violations of conscience” that were “deeply contrary to the core of our nation.”

But the American Civil Liberties Union lashed out at the rule in a statement, saying it would allow “virtually any employer to claim a religious exemption that enables it to deny any employee insurance coverage for contraception.”

“This rule will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of Americans, particularly women, to get the health care coverage they need,” Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director, said in a statement. “This rule will be used as a license to discriminate and represents a chilling return to the days when the government treated women’s sexuality, and thus contraception, as immoral, perpetuating harmful stereotypes that have long been used to discriminate against women.”

The birth control mandate was created as an outgrowth of Obamacare. The law was written to allow the Department of Health and Human Services to decide what type of preventive care health insurance plans should cover without a co-pay, and the Obama administration determined that all forms of birth control should fall within that list. Making such decisions through the rulemaking process, however, means that different administrations can change or reverse them.

The Obama administration had issued rules saying that employers must cover all forms of contraception, from birth control pills to emergency contraception. The obligation had exemptions for houses of worship, but not for companies that had closely held religious beliefs. More than 55 million women relied on the provision, the Obama administration had said. More

The administration proposed tighter rules on ObamaCare plans that cover abortion. Those changes are intended to ensure that taxpayer-provided subsidies for health insurance are not used to pay for any abortions.

Now it’s time to completely defund Planned Parenthood.

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