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Patch's Poll: Do You Agree With the Obamacare Mandate that Insurance Companies Cover Birth Control?

The contentious part of the Affordable Care Act went into effect this week.

A portion of the federal healthcare law mandating that employee sponsored health coverage include birth control went into effect on Wednesday.

The Health and Human Services mandate, which is part of the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare,” requires that private insurers must include contraceptive coverage in their plans without charging a co-pay, the Huffington Post reported.

The mandate has been one of the most contentious parts of Obamacare because it draws into question whether it violates religious freedoms, forcing institutions like the Roman Catholic Church to go against its conscience and provide coverage for something it doesn't believe in.

The Church has been in stark opposition to the HHS mandate, and many Republicans have argued the same, the Huffington Post reported.

Meanwhile, Democrats and women’s rights groups have said it’s an advancement in women’s reproductive rights.

Do you agree with the birth control coverage mandate? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

wyatt August 03, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I don't think the other people commenting understood the question, let me rephrase: Should people who believe that birth control is against their religion be forced to prescribe it to patients?
Nunya Zness August 06, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Wyatt, we understand it just fine. Should one person's religious beliefs get in the way of another person's health care? NO!
wyatt August 06, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Of course not. But there are choices in medical care. There are many hospitals competeing for patients. Someone should not go to a Catholic Hospital looking for an abortion. Nor should the hospital be forced to administer an abortion because the current infestation in the White House mandates it.
Ross Edwards October 30, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Should a prostate cancer survivor suffering from erectile dysfunction as a result of treatment be entitled to a drug that can allow him to remain sexually active? Most insurers say no. Should a breast cancer survivor who underwent a mastectomy be entitled to breast reconstruction? The federal government requires all insurers to say yes. This is unfair. It should either be neither or both.
Christopher Schaefer November 04, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Sandra Fluke Timeline: She attends a Catholic University. She knows that Catholic institutions will not cover abortion or birth control—but attends anyway. Turns the tables on the issue by complaining that the Catholic Univ. won’t cover her birth control pills—so government needs to force religious institutions to pay for anything they consider to be in opposition to that particular religion’s teachings. Rosa DeLauro then uses Fluke as a poster-child victim of the “War on Women”, completely twisting the issue into “Republicans want to ban birth control!” The media then jumps on the bandwagon. Conclusion: DeLauro is a conniving opportunist—creating an “issue” that doesn’t exist, purely to maintain her ill-begotten wealth and power. Ramifications: if govt. decides circumcision is unhealthy or barbaric, Jews will be banned from this practice. When the military draft is re-instated, Quakers and Amish no longer will be exempt. If DeLauro’s FDA decides that foods labeled Kosher are bad for you, they’ll be removed from the market. Get the idea? http://RosaDeLauroExposed.wordpress.com/

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