One of President Trump’s promises is that he would do everything in his power to undo the damage that former President Obama did to our country. Recently, he took a big chunk out of Obama’s legacy, and liberals are furious.
Obamacare has evolved into one of the biggest legislative disasters this country has ever seen. President Trump is moving to reverse the contraception mandate, which forced employers to provide “free” coverage of birth control to all employees, despite religious beliefs, according to USA Today.
The Left cheered at the idea of putting other people’s rights aside as long as their own were met. The President insisted that business owners should be able to decide for themselves whether or not they would offer that service, as opposed to something that is forced upon them.
In fact, the debate over this issue resulted in two Supreme Court cases in 2014 and 2016. Many Christian companies, such as Hobby Lobby, opposed providing insurance coverage for contraceptives because it violates their religious values.
The Trump administration ruling is not yet final, as the final version must be presented to make it official. But the gist is that employers can avoid paying for birth control coverage if they object to it for any reason.
In most cases, the reason that a company might deny birth control includes moral and religious reasons. It also could be viewed as a way for employers to save money on expenses, but this is at the discretion of the business.
Oddly, the Left’s argument is that “55 million women could lose free birth control coverage.” The truth of the matter is having “free” access to birth control is a privilege, not a right.
There is nothing in the proposed rule preventing women from obtaining birth control, as Democrats would suggest. Instead, consumers will pay for it out of their pocket, or as an addendum to their health insurance, if their place of employment opts out of paying for birth control. It’s as simple as that.
Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said, “At long last, the United States government has acknowledged that people can get contraceptives without forcing nuns to provide them.” It is a valid point indeed; the option for birth control is still present, just not mandatory for the employer to provide.
Rienzi also said, “That is sensible, fair, and in keeping with the President’s promise to the Little Sisters and other religious groups serving the poor.” It is true; American employers have been anticipating this change for a few weeks now.
When President Trump signed his Executive Order promoting free speech and religious freedom, he mentioned rolling back the contraceptive mandate. In a clean and timely fashion, President Trump was able to follow through with his promise to the American people.
Undoubtedly, the President’s move will garner backlash from the ideological Left. But the simple truth is this country was founded on a core belief of religious freedom. Forcing someone else to pay for something they do not morally agree with requires turning a blind eye to the Constitution.