President Donald Trump and the White House issued a major announcement on Friday that would roll back one of the most unconstitutional and unacceptable features of Obamacare: The contraceptive mandate. Perhaps understanding that action on Capitol Hill was increasingly unlikely, the Trump administration is now taking the necessary steps under executive authority to defang some of the law’s most arduous regulations, and the contraceptive mandate is an excellent place to begin doing that. By making the announcement, companies and organizations who have a conscientious objection to many forms of modern birth control – some of which ride perilously close to the abortion line – will now be free to exercise their religious freedom in accord with the First Amendment.
Naturally, the announcement was met with immediate pushback from the left. With Democrats and feminists calling for blood, the American Civil Liberties Union announced that it would file a lawsuit challenging the amendment.
The mandate itself has already been through some changes. The full text of Obama’s contraceptive conspiracy was struck down by the Supreme Court after a challenge from Hobby Lobby in 2014. Thanks to that and other lawsuits, the mandate exempts churches, religious organizations, and “closely-held” corporations from its burdensome regulations.
Now, however, thanks to the Trump rule change, those exemptions will be expanded to include nonprofits, privately-held companies, and universities that have a religious or moral objection to the mandate. HHS officials have said that even publicly-traded companies can claim a religious exemption from the mandate, although they will have to provide employees with a third-party option for insurance coverage.
“No American should be forced to violate his or her own conscience in order to abide by the laws and regulations governing our health care system,” said HHS press secretary Caitlin Oakley. “Today’s actions affirm the Trump administration’s commitment to upholding the freedoms afforded all Americans under our Constitution.”
Without running afoul of the current law of the land – which, sadly, remains the Affordable Care Act – the Trump administration could not go further and simply eliminate the contraceptive mandate altogether. That’s unfortunate, because studies have not shown any particular need to compel employers or insurance companies to provide this type of coverage. Several birth control methods are already widely available at rock-bottom prices, and Democrats have actually fought against attempts to put certain birth control solutions on drug store shelves as over-the-counter medications. You have to wonder what their priorities really are.
But, of course, we don’t. Not really. Because their priorities are plain as day. This is another political fight to make “women’s healthcare” a platform in the Democratic Party. Another attempt to divide Americans down pre-defined demographic lines – another attempt at naked identity politics. Democrats don’t care one whit about providing women with health insurance coverage for birth control; they only care about making this a wedge issue to pull young females away from the Republican Party.
Expect to hear the “War on Women” voices get louder over the next week or so. It’s the kind of campaign that appeals greatly to people too ignorant and self-absorbed to care about the erosion of our constitutional freedoms. The people otherwise known as the Democratic Party’s base.