Small Businesses are not Cheering Administration's New Rules Rolling Back Coverage of Birth Control in Health Plans
Statement from Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer on why new policies released today allowing employers to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that health plans cover contraceptives will ultimately be bad for small businesses
We are disappointed that President Donald Trump chose to release new rules today that will allow for-profit, secular employers to opt out of providing their employees with healthcare plans that include access to no-cost birth control if birth control is something the owners of a business object to because of their personal or religious beliefs. Small businesses are not clamoring for this change to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Instead, they want lawmakers to strengthen the ACA marketplaces and bring down costs. Those things cannot be accomplished without all provisions of the ACA kept in place, and today’s announcement will only serve to raise premiums for some employers and create imbalance in the marketplaces. President Trump and his allies must understand that allowing small businesses to pick and choose which parts of the ACA they want to follow is a very slippery slope that could further destabilize the ACA markets and lead to much higher costs for America’s job creators.
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