A three-judge panel of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta heard oral arguments yesterday in EWTN’s case against the government’s controversial birth control mandate which requires employer-sponsored health plans to provide full coverage for contraception, abortion inducing drugs and sterilization procedures or face massive fines.
Should the Supreme Court decide that the Affordable Care Act is illegally granting subsidies to millions of Americans, lawmakers want the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to come up with a contingency plan that will help those who may no longer be able to afford their insurance.
The lack of transparency on the subject of which plans in the Affordable Care Act cover abortions and related services has prompted pro-life leaders to develop a new website containing this information for consumers.
Outrage is growing over a newly released video of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber, speaking at a 2013 event at the University of Pennsylvania, in which he said the controversial health care law was written in such a way so as to take advantage of “the stupidity of the American voter.”
Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who serves as the chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) says the new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) “confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and is calling for lawmakers to bring the health care law into compliance with existing U.S. law.
The Obama Administration has announced that it is planning to revise a problematic rule requiring religious employers who wish to be exempt from providing contraceptive coverage to file paperwork with health insurance companies, but skeptics are taking a “wait and see” attitude toward the announcement.
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
The next time someone complains about how a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding Obamacare’s birth control mandate is limiting women’s access to contraceptives, remind them that more women than ever are now receiving free birth control.
ObamaCare exemptions are becoming a dime-a-dozen anymore, but the public needs to pay special attention to the latest one that is being called a mega-exemption and potential death knell because it is essentially delaying the lynchpin of the whole program – the individual mandate.