You already know that the other day a judge in California blocked a Trump rule that allowed employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception coverage. That affected 13 states.
Well now a Pennsylvania judge has made it nationwide:
New: A Pennsylvania district court judge has blocked a Trump admin rule nationwide that would have allowed employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of the health law's no-cost coverage requirement. It is the second ruling in two days. https://t.co/pxBxeSTZZf— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 14, 2019
A Pennsylvania district court judge issued a nationwide injunction Monday afternoon, just as the new policy was slated to take effect. That ruling came less than 24 hours after a California district court judge issued a more limited stay in 13 Democratic states and the District of Columbia, while challenges are being argued.
The rulings in rapid succession, both by judges appointed by Barack Obama, are the latest legal twists in a dispute over an expansion of health benefits for women under the Affordable Care Act that has wound through the courts for years.
The dispute centers on the issue of “religious liberty” — specifically, the extent to which the government should carve out exceptions for churches, religious group and even non-religious employers that object to birth control coverage based on their beliefs. The Obama administration had narrow exceptions and a system of “accommodations” – a work-around to religious objections – in which a third-party insurer would cover birth control even if the employer did not.
But President Trump widened the circumstances under which employers could claim exemptions in an effort to accommodate social conservatives.
The Trump administration rules allow objections to covering birth control on moral grounds, as well as religious ones. They broaden the range of employers able to claim such objections to include essentially all non-governmental workplaces. And they give the employer the choice of whether to permit a workaround accommodation.
It wasn’t just to accommodate social conservatives, it was the right thing to do. Geez.
Obama should have never forced employers (or anyone else) to pay for contraception, especially those that could cause abortions.
I hope this goes to the Supreme Court as soon as possible so they can overturn these ridiculous injunctions.