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Donald Trump issues Executive Order overturning Obamacare’s contraception mandate

October 6, 2017

  The Obamacare contraception mandate has faced legal challenges ever since its inception but today Donald Trump issued an Executive Order which basically overturns the mandate. Here is more:

The Trump administration issued new rules Friday to make it easier for employers to refuse to provide insurance coverage for certain birth control methods if they claim to have moral objections to contraception.

The new rules allow any employer or insurer to stop covering contraceptive services if they have religious beliefs or moral convictions against covering birth control. 

  However it is unclear to me how much of an effect this is actually going to have. This is what  Health and Human Services officials had to say:

“these rules will not affect over 99.9% of the 165 million women in the United States.” 

  If this is true nothing has really changed but pro-life groups are happy because now insurance companies will not have to cover the “Plan B” pills:

abortion opponents hailed the new rules. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List said “moral objectors” like her group will “no longer have to pay for life-ending drugs that are antithetical to their mission and for which we have argued there is certainly no ‘compelling state interest.’” 

Lawsuits are already being prepared:

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey almost immediately announced plans to sue the Trump administration over the move. The National Women’s Law Center also said it would sue to block the rules, which CEO Fatima Goss Graves said showed “callous disregard for women’s rights, health and autonomy.” 

  It is only a matter of time before a judge blocks these new rules pending the outcome of the lawsuits but the Supreme Court has already ruled employers do not have to offer insurance policies which cover “Plan B-like” drugs:

The Supreme Court decided in 2014 that the Affordable Care Act couldn’t require employers to offer insurance coverage for certain birth control methods they equate with abortion. The decision applied only to private corporations such as the family-owned companies — including retailer Hobby Lobby — that challenged the law.  Women working for those companies would be able to get morning-after pills and IUDs from other sources, such as the government or private insurers.

  On a side-note, if we could get back to governing through the Congress instead of by Executive Order…that would be great.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Brittius permalink
    October 7, 2017 3:47 am

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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  2. petermac3 permalink
    October 7, 2017 7:50 am

    In the late 1969’s into the late 1979’s a 10cc bottle of insulin ( 1/2-1 month’s supply) cost a buck, not requiring insurance coverage. Today that same bottle of insulin costs over $100.00. This is what health insurance is about. Today’s month supply of “the pill” costs +- the same $10.00 of yesteryear, about the same price a women gladly pays for today’s Big Mac with fries and a drink and a cookie. Wake up anti-abortion dummies and bring the realities of this $10.00 anti-women agument to light! Even the dumbest of the dumb could rationalize what a pile of poop this issue is….right?

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  3. kdocburgess permalink
    October 7, 2017 9:29 am

    Reblogged this on Deplorables Seeking Justice-DSJ and commented:
    “These rules will not affect over 99.9% of the 165 million women in the United States.”

    Liked by 1 person

  4. hypnotique59 permalink
    October 8, 2017 4:03 am

    It would be lovely if congress would decide to even try to act like it has some idea of what its function is supposed to be. They haven’t for what… 32 years now?

    Liked by 1 person

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