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On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced the Trump administration will reevaluate the Obamacare mandate requiring health insurance providers to cover contraception without a co-pay.
In his statement, Price commended President Donald Trump‘s stance on “religious liberty” with the signing of his latest executive order, which promotes the political activism of churches and religious organizations. The order also allows groups to be excused from the Obamacare mandate that employers provide contraception coverage on the basis of religious freedom.
“We will be taking action in short order to follow the president’s instruction to safeguard the deeply held religious beliefs of Americans who provide health insurance to their employees,” Price wrote.
Of course, given that the executive order has already determined that religious groups be pardoned of the mandate, this announcement of “reexamination” appears to be a formality. As it stands, the latest American Health Care Act bill, which passed in the House yesterday, will also allow states to determine which specific “essential benefits” employers want to cover, including, among other things, contraception.
“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 commend President Trump for taking a strong stand for religious liberty,” Price wrote.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.