The Obama administration proposed Friday that churches and nonprofit religious organizations that object, on religious grounds, to providing birth control coverage, would not have to pay for it, the New York Times said. Previously, the health care plan stated that businesses were required to provide health coverage that included contraceptive benefits to all employees, LA Times said. This raised a lot of controversy from religiously affiliated organizations such as churches, universities and hospitals who would, under the pre-revised health care plan, have to provide contraceptive coverage directly to their employees, the New York Times said. The new revisions purposed on Friday allow employees to receive contraceptive coverage at no cost, but through a separate, private insurance policy, LA Times said. The insurance companies, not the businesses, would bear the cost of providing this separate, private coverage, the New York Times said. They would regain money lost though providing this coverage by lower health care expenses resulting partially from fewer births, said the New York Times. The Obama administration hoped this would defuse the moral objections from the religiously affiliated organizations; however many are still dissatisfied. "Today's proposed rule does nothing to protect the religious freedom of millions of Americans," stated general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Kyle Duncan, according to the New York Times. These displeased parties want still a broader, more explicit exemption for religious organizations .
Obama administrations struggles to balance women's right, heath care and religious liberty
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