The Trump administration finally did what many women feared: They have rolled back the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) birth control mandate for women. Democrats, public health groups, and women have all taken to Twitter to express just how upset they are about this decision. These tweets about Trump's birth control rule show exactly why Obamacare protection was so vital.
This news comes on Oct. 6 but rumors surrounding this decision have been swirling since May. This rollback would allow employers to claim religious or moral objection to the birth control mandate under the Affordable Care Act. This is bad news for those under the ACA who are about to re-up on their birth control because this new policy is effective immediately.
This can be a huge issue because companies who do not want to pay for birth control can just claim a religious or moral objection and leave their female employees without access to birth control.
Former Obama official and Chief Operating Officer of the United State of Women, Jordan Brooks, had this to say about the troubling decision in a statement,
Today, President Donald Trump took the first steps to gut the part of the Affordable Care Act that provides free birth control for tens of millions of women — taking us back to the days when the high cost of birth control was a barrier and burden... The United State of Women and our allies across the country won't stand for these continued attacks on women's health and American women are making their voices heard.
Others who are outraged about this news have taken to Twitter.
In response to the news, Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement,
The Trump administration continues to display a startling disregard for the reality of women’s health and lives. An employer or university can’t be allowed to use religious or moral beliefs to prevent a woman from planning her future and her family. The Center for Reproductive Rights is prepared to fight these discriminatory and unconstitutional restrictions in court.
Before this decision to rollback birth control under Obamacare went into effect, 62.4 million American women counted on coverage of preventative services without copays, including birth control, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Let's hope employers, universities, and insurers don't abuse this appalling new policy.