An Obama-appointed federal judge has blocked the Trump administration’s loosened rules concerning an Obamacare mandate on birth control.
The Department of Health and Human Services created rules allowing employers to opt out of birth control coverage due to religious or moral objections, but 13 states and the District of Columbia fought it.
Employers in those areas, thanks to Judge Haywood Gilliam, are forced to offer health insurance that covers a range of birth control options, from the pill to intrauterine devices to emergency contraception, at no cost to patients.
“Anti-abortion and religious organizations had asked for the Trump administration to allow for certain exemptions to Obamacare’s birth control mandate.
“Some organizations oppose all forms of birth control and sterilization, while others oppose specific kinds, such as IUDs and emergency contraception, which they say are abortifacients because their labels say they can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.”
The decision in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California was issued in response to a lawsuit filed by Democratic attorneys general, and only applies to those states that were included in the lawsuit.
“The birth control mandate is an outgrowth of Obamacare. The law was written to allow HHS to decide what type of preventive care health insurance plans should cover without copays, and the Obama administration determined that all forms of birth control should be included.”
The obligation previously had exemptions for houses of worship, but not for businesses or nonprofit organizations, and any that didn’t comply would be fined.
In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that “family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.”
However, Sunday’s ruling essentially defies that decision.
The Trump administration wrote its own rules that loosened the exceptions, allowing it to apply to any type of employer, but not for publicly traded businesses or government entities.
It seems to many people that regardless of the logic of the argument, liberals will try to stop any and all actions that this administration makes.