ACA’s Contraception Mandate Hid the Cost of Birth Controls
Time to Make Access Easier with Over-the-Counter Options

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Independent Women’s Voice (IWV) policy director Hadley Heath Manning issued the following statement after President Donald Trump issued a rule Friday that narrows the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate:

“We have always recognized that the Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate is not the right policy for American women. Not only does it violate religious freedom, but, emblematic of the Affordable Care Act, it wrongly presumes women have one-size-fits-all needs in health coverage, and it has contributed to higher health insurance premiums for everyone.”

“We all want women to have access to affordable contraception and all the health treatments they want or need. But a better approach would be to focus on making access easier with more over-the-counter options, which would truly lower the cost of these drugs through price transparency and competition. The HHS rule only hid the cost of birth controls by including them in high health insurance premiums.” 

IWV, the creator of The Repeal Pledge and the first group to target Congress’ special ACA treatment and OPM ruling in 2013 by launching No Washington Exemption, continues to inform the public on health care so that citizens can recognize for themselves how the current healthcare law is increasingly harmful, costly and counterproductive, and make more informed decisions on the issue of health care at the ballot box.

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Victoria Coley
VP, Communications
Independent Women's Voice
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