Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price is reportedly considering reversing the Obamacare mandate requiring insurance companies to provide access to free birth control.
Price, who is at the forefront of repealing and replacing Obamacare, has stated in the past taxpayers shouldn’t be responsible for covering contraceptives. President Donald Trump already signed an executive order earlier this year halting fines and regulations tied to the Affordable Care Act, and many speculate the administration will move forward with the birth control provision next.
“There’s a lot of pressure on this administration and a lot of people within the administration who clearly have an agenda that runs contrary to this provision,” senior policy manager at the Guttmacher Institute, Adam Sonfield, told The Hill. “It certainly looks like a strong possibility that they’re going to try to do something.”
The move would be a major win for pro-life advocates and religious groups who fought against the mandate in court during the now famous Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, which found for-profits shouldn’t have to pay for contraceptives if it goes against the employer beliefs.
While for-profits were exempted, a Catholic universities and Christian hospitals were still required to provide plans with access to birth control.
“We are fully confident that Mr. Trump, Mr. Price and the entire new administration will act as swiftly as they can to bring this long saga to a conclusion,” Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, told The Washington times.
The Department of Health and Human Services said it won’t speculate on future policies.
The House is expected to introduce the reconciliation bill to repeal Obamacare upon their return from their President’s Day recess next week.
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