Trump Could End ObamaCare’s Birth Control Coverage, but He’ll Have to Get By Women and Their Allies First

Trump promised to repeal ObamaCare on the campaign trail, and that means ObamaCare’s birth control coverage could be in jeopardy.

However, Trump has already suggested he would keep preexisting conditions coverage and coverage for kids under 26 on their parent’s plan. Given his expressed willingness to compromise, and given the extreme popularity of ObamaCare’s very generous provisions pertaining to birth control and women’s rights, it is a real possibility that we can keep birth control off the chopping block by standing up for women regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The traditional anti-choice stance is against the birth control provision. This is evidenced by 8 years of statements including a recent one by Paul Ryan in which he dismissed birth control as “a nitty gritty detail” while avoiding questions about if it would be repealed.

For a graph showing that majorities of both parties supporting the ACA requirement for private health insurance plans to cover the full cost of birth control, see Kaiser Health Tracking Poll-June 2017.[1]

Trump has never shown himself to be a typical Republican (a few statements on the campaign trail aside). In fact, the Trump-as-Trump-sees-himself cherishes women and may not want 150 million of them on his bad side.

It will be up to we-the-people and our representation in Congress to stand up for women and not let them have their new rights and protections repealed.

See the links below for more information.

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Citations

  1. Kaiser Health Tracking Poll-June 2017

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Elle on

During my reproductive years, birth control was never covered under my insurance plans, and I see no reason why it should be covered now. Take responsibility for yourself; go to the store or to your physician’s office and buy it the way I did. It is not expensive. It is a mistake to sit around expecting the government to take care of you.

Erin on

Unintended pregnancies, teen pregnancies, and abortions are at an all time historical low in the US. This is because of increased access to sex education and birth control. We can allow generations of young women and teens to potentially trap themselves and their children in poverty, but that tends to cost society and tax payers a whole lot more. P.S. Taking the time to go to the Doctor is required to get birth control. Even if the service is free, taking the time to make the appointment, get the prescription, and taking the prescription as directed is the very definition of taking responsibility for yourself. We need to make no one is financially limited from being able to take that personal responsibility.

Diane on

I’m really scared about Trump being the president. I don’t know what this will mean for my rights for my health and access to contraceptives for my PCOS. I’ve never felt unsafe being where I live, but I feel like everything is out of my control and I’ve lost hope.

Ronda Probus on

If he is pro life, he needs to keep free birth control for women.

pop diesel on

NO WHERE IN THIS ARTICLE DOES IT SAY TRUMP WILL END CONTRACEPTIONS FOR WOMEN. EVEN IN ACA IT STATES THAT NOT ALL BIRTH CONTROL WILL BE FREE. GENERICS ARE LESS EXPENSIVE. READ EVERYTHING BEFORE JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS AND HYSTERIA. TRUMPS PLAN WILL AUGMENT SECTIONS OF THE ACA…BUT NO WHERE DOESE IT SAY HE’S ENDING CONTRACEPTION FOR WOMEN.

ObamaCareFacts.com on

He is restricting it in a number of ways, not ending it. By letting employers opt out, by deregulating plans so they don’t have to cover contraception, etc.

You are correct though. Trump never came out and said he was ending it, and it is not being ended as far as I know.