8 Facts About Trump’s Birth Control Proposal - Donald Trump May Cut Free Birth Control
Republican President Donald Trump has been in office for just over four months, yet he still hasn’t been able to fulfill his campaign promise to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). But while the ACA may still be in place for now, the administration has discovered an alternate way to attack it by writing new rules that could undermine one of its key benefits — the birth control mandate. Soon, contraception without a co-pay as an essential insurance benefit may be a thing of the past.
Here are eight things you need to know about the new birth control rule and how it may affect you:
1. The new rule was originally framed as a way to address the moral concerns of religious employers who objected to birth control.
When the first rumors of a final rule for the “Coverage Of Certain Preventive Services Under The Affordable Care Act [ACA]” began leaking to the media, it was assumed that the birth control mandate was going to offer an even more extensive exemption for religious employers. Reproductive health groups thought that the rule, coming on the heels of Trump’s “religious liberty” executive order, would not only settle the ongoing battle of whether religious nonprofits like Little Sisters of the Poor could refuse birth control coverage, but also allow any employer to refuse to offer contraceptive coverage as an insurance benefit by claiming a moral objection.