In the end, House Republicans got virtually nothing of what they said they wanted: no defunding of Obamacare, no curtailment of the birth control benefit in Obamacare the law of the land. But they’ll be back.
To the House Republicans, who are hostage to their party’s Tea Party faction, there’s probably no dirtier word than “bipartisan”—except, perhaps, for the words “birth control.”
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan dances to the bishops’ tune in shutdown and debt limit fights, refusing to compromise because he wants “leverage” to curtail Obamacare contraceptive benefit.
Here is a $12 billion problem we really can actually go a long way towards eliminating.
Thirty lawsuits have been filed by corporations challenging the HHS regulation requiring that most health plans cover contraceptives. A survey of these cases yields some useful information as to what the “religious freedom” debate is all about.
On Friday, the USCCB tweeted this demonstrably false statement: “Federal judge finds HHS mandate violates conscience rights of private employer.” That did not happen.
Requiring coverage of FDA-approved contraceptives like birth control pills, implants and IUDs and other necessary preventive should be a no-brainer.
New reports of advertising by Focus on the Family during the NCAA basketball tournaments in March on CBS raise troubling questions about involvement by both the collegiate sports association and the network’s support for a right-wing extremist group.
While some religious groups do oppose rescinding the conscience rule, many support it because of their concern that it could be harmful to health care and counter-productive to efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies.
With more and more families losing their health insurance and having difficulty accessing health care at all, Bush’s HHS rule that limits access to health services is unconscionable. We must all speak up for patients’ rights.