The White House Unleashes More Attacks on Reproductive Health Care

On Tuesday, voters turned out in record numbers for the midterm elections — and there is good evidence that health care motivated many of them to head to the polls. They voted to expand Medicaid in several states and elected more women than ever before to represent them in Congress.

But less than 24 hours after ballots were cast, the Trump administration moved to undermine access to women’s health care, releasing a series of rules, one proposed and two final, attacking insurance coverage for both abortion and contraception.

On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule that would create burdensome and unnecessary regulations designed to cause insurance companies in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace to stop covering abortion care. The proposed rule could push abortion care out of reach for many of the 1.3 million people who purchase plans through the government marketplaces, and possibly more if insurers opt to drop coverage in additional plans. 

Without coverage, some may be forced to delay care or may be unable to access care altogether. Low-income women and families, for whom denial of abortion care can mean being pushed deeper into poverty, will bear the greatest burden if the rule takes effect.

Another set of rules released Wednesday would allow virtually any employer or university to deny people birth control coverage on the basis of religious or moral objections. These rules are the administration’s latest attack on the ACA’s popular birth control benefit, which requires insurance plans to cover birth control without a co-pay. In short, they mean that you could lose birth control coverage — a benefit that is guaranteed by law — simply because your boss objects to it.

The timing of these rules, just a day after the election, was a calculated move. It illustrates that the Trump administration is well aware that pushing health care out of peoples’ reach doesn’t do well at the ballot box. And that’s exactly what these rules will do if they take effect. 

The rules on birth control coverage are set to take effect in 60 days, but earlier versions of the rules proposed last year have been blocked by courts in Pennsylvania and California. Courts could, and should, block this week’s final rules as well.

The proposed rule on abortion coverage cannot take effect until after a public comment period, so stay tuned for ways to make your voice heard in the coming months. The administration may have waited until after you cast your ballot to levy its latest attack, but you can still make sure that they know you are watching and that you won’t stand for it.

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Anonymous

Vote them all out of office. Stand up to voter suppression and district gerrymandering. Bring back the voting places in poor neighborhoods and have paper trails for all votes cast. Let's make sure all Americans can vote.

Average Joe

I think you guys are just crazy: get a life and do something real.

Anonymous

Average Joe - Quickly run to the nearest mirror, look into it, and you'll see a troglodyte troll. That would be you Joe! Now go buy yourself a life and leave the good women of this Great Nation alone.

Anonymous

Birth control should be a right for every woman. Religion should not control a woman's right!

AnonymouS

It's not religion that control's women's' rights, it men who control religion that want to enforce their beliefs on women's procreative rights. It's a well know aspect of mankind, expressed for probably 2,500 years, that men envy the ability of women to create life -- but philosophers see this as the 'pregnant thought' that breathes new life into the world.

Anonymous

Yes

Anonymous

What will his hoes do when they need an abortion? Perhaps he hasn't thought this thru...

Anonymous

Without affordable abortions some may turn to unsafe methods.

Anonymous

Dirty play Trumpsters. Thanks for this article, this is a disgusting attempt of the entitled male elite to steal working women’s liberty to choose if, or if not, they have an abortion. This country is dealing with archaic values and a severely misogynistic president and republican cohorts who won’t stand up to him even if they don’t share his demeaning attitudes towards women’s rights. We have once again to fight for our rights, thanks ACLU for your work and for pointing fingers in the right direction again. I’m sick of angry white men taking away my rights to my own decision making process regarding my health, and my granddaughters rights to an affordable abortion should they choose that. This president bullies his cohorts into submitting to his vile values in face of his own brand of punishment and slandering. He is already verballly whipping his lcandidates who lost, pretending to interpret that by whining “She had no love for me”, as his unrealistic pampered boy reason for their loss . He is a whining 12 year old in a old mans body. He was raised in my home country and we all know his bullying and cheap ways there, we egg him whenever we see him and refuse to welcome him to events that Obama was invited too. He married an immigrant yet hates us, what a conflicted bedroom scene that must be.

Dr. Joseph Goebbels

We need more women in office so Trump can have something additional to grab on to.

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