Trump to ‘re-examine’ ObamaCare contraception mandate


The Trump administration said Thursday it would “re-examine” ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, which requires insurers to cover birth control with no co-pay. 

The statement came after Trump signed a “religious freedom” executive order Thursday.

“We will be taking action in short order to follow the president’s instructions to safeguard the deeply held religious beliefs of Americans who provide health insurance to their employees,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said in a statement Thursday. 

{mosads}”We welcome today’s executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to reexamine the previous administration’s interpretation of the Affordable Care Act’s preventive services mandate and comment President Trump for taking a strong stand for religious liberty.” 

Religious nonprofits and organizations have long pushed to be exempt from the requirement, arguing that they shouldn’t have to pay for something that violates their beliefs.

Planned Parenthood and other groups immediately slammed the executive order as bad for women. 

“This executive order is not about protecting religious liberty — it is a direct attack on women’s access to birth control. A woman’s health should not be up to her boss or politicians,” Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said in a statement. 

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