(Washington, D.C.) – Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate health committee, today released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s interim final rules that will make it much easier for companies to interfere in their employees’ health care choices and force women to pay more for an essential part of their health care.
“President Trump wants to make birth control about ideology, but let’s be clear: for women and their families in the 21st century, birth control is about being healthy and financially secure—and allowing a woman’s employer to decide whether or not it’s part of her coverage not only takes women backward, but takes hundreds of dollars out of their bank accounts.
“Today, nine months after women across the country marched together to reject President Trump’s anti-woman agenda, he has rolled out a tax on their health care. This is wrong, it’s outrageous, and I will be pushing every Republican who claims to care about women’s health and economic security to join me in fighting back against it.”
The interim final rules issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) follow President Trump’s Executive Order issued in May directing the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to “consider amending regulations” that, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), require insurance plans to provide no-cost coverage of critical preventive services, including birth control.
Earlier this year, Sen. Murray introduced the Save Women’s Preventive Services Act with strong support from Senate Democrats to protect women’s preventive health care from further attacks by the Trump Administration.