The Obama administration today switched gears on the controversial rule that would have required religious institutions to provide coverage for birth control to employees, switching the onus to health insurers.
The new policy removes the role of religious institutions in providing coverage for birth control for female employees. Under the new proposal, the transaction would occur directly between women and insurers.
Republicans in Congress as well as those running for president had also voiced intense opposition to the decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to mandate through a rule in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that religious institutions include contraception coverage in their healthcare packages for employees, although giving them a year’s delay to comply.
But that was not enough for congressional opponents.