The Health and Human Services Department has waived the coverage of birth control from the mandated set of services required under Obamacare. As mentioned in the CNN article above, the waiver will allow employers providing health care for employees to opt out of providing this coverage, based on religious or moral objections.
The new HHS memo is, of course, another example of the administration’s disregard for women’s health and reproductive justice. The question we should ask ourselves, our neighbors, and our elected officials is: why is it that so many of us depend on an employer for access to health care? Should we allow a company to make decisions pertaining to our bodies? Are we comfortable with a bottom line, or the personal opinions of a CEO dictating the terms of our health care? With single payer, we are the shareholders, and the bottom line is our health.