The Trump administration moved forward on Wednesday in its quest to give businesses and other institutions a license to discriminate by issuing a regulation allowing employers and universities to deny health insurance coverage for contraception — currently required by law — if they object because of religious or moral views.
Seems reasonable. The US has a long history of accomodating religious views, running from mandatory military service to vaccinating children to all sorts of accomodations for Quakers and the Amish.
The move could leave thousands of people across the country without contraceptive coverage.
Could, but more than likely it will be much smaller than that. Large corporations with diverse ownership will not want to get involved; there will be some religious groups (like the Little Sisters), and a few small, Catholic run companies who will decide not to pay for any of them. But most religious people have no problem with birth control per se, but with the abortifacents, which very few women require.
The Affordable Care Act requires that insurance plans cover birth control and other critical women’s preventive services without a co-pay or other cost-sharing.
Yes. Amazing short-sighted and tone-deaf of the Obama Administration to do it the way that they did, when there were so many other ways to accomplish the same. This entire dustup was easily avoidable.
Because the final rules released Wednesday still allow virtually any employer or university to claim a religious or moral exemption to deny its employees or students insurance coverage for contraception, we expect courts to be asked to block enforcement in those ongoing legal cases.
Possibly. Let’s keep in mind that the employer doesn’t have a financial reason to defer coverage; birth control is dirt cheap compared to major medical. We can be certain that nobody will abuse the rule for monetary reasons.
This week’s announcement is only the latest in a series of moves by the Trump administration to use religion to discriminate.
Well, that’s the fun part of lawyering, eh? People have an undeniable right to practice their religion as they see fit. And we have anti-discrimination laws. Obama believed that anti-discrimination trumped (pun intended) religious freedom; Trump believes the opposite. It’s up to the Courts to referee.
In January, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed regulations permitting hospitals and other health care providers to refuse even to refer patients to services they didn’t support, like abortion or transition-related care — proposals that would be devastating for women and the LGBTQ community.
Hmmmm. Hard to believe that not providing that sort of information would be “devastating”. Internet, y’all.
Allowing employers and universities to use their religious beliefs to block employees’ birth control coverage isn’t religious liberty. It’s discrimination.
Actually, it’s both. The question is if it’s legal or not.
And by setting up contraception, and by extension women’s sexuality, in opposition to the free exercise of religion, the administration is sending another clear signal about whose humanity is moral and deserving of protection and whose is not.
Sighs. Let’s leave the questions of morality to priests and philosophers. Of which the ACLU is neither.
As we all know, morality and legality are entirely different things.