Thursday October 19, 2017
A recent change to the Affordable Care Act by the current administration is expected to affect millions of women and families. I do not agree with the administration's decision to let employers who may have religious reservations opt out from providing health care coverage of their employees and dependents, including birth control. I believe some employers may use that as an excuse to deny coverage not on "religious" grounds, but only to reduce their health care costs. Employers that do not provide birth control coverage may end up losing valuable female workers if these employees get pregnant and miss many workdays because of sickness or maternity leave.
I believe the impact of this policy change would hit hard poor female employees who cannot afford the birth control cost and that it will cause more unwanted pregnancies, abortions, neglected children and workplace disruptions.
The federal government does not have a complete understanding of why some women use birth control. It is not just there to prevent unwanted pregnancies. It is also used for medical reasons. The cost of providing contraceptives to women who need them will be shifted from employers to the states. As a woman, I believe it should be my choice, not the government's, to make a health care decision.
Healthcare decision will hurt many