Top

blog

Stories

 

Mo. Attorney General to Republicans: Enough "Foolishness" on Contraception Coverage

Categories: News, Politics

chris koster 250.jpg
Chris Koster serves the GOP a bitter pill.
In a scathing rebuke of conservative lawmakers, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster today called on Republicans to end their continued bickering over contraception coverage outlined in the federal Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.

"The Republicans' attempt to deny contraceptive coverage to women in Missouri is just plain foolishness," said Koster in a statement issued this afternoon. "The Republican effort to deny contraceptive coverage cannot be supported by case law or sound public policy."

Koster's admonishment comes days after he acknowledged that he will run for governor in 2016 and as Republican leaders continue to demand that he appeal a federal court ruling last month that struck down a Missouri law found to be in violation of the Affordable Care Act.

See also:
- House Speaker Tim Jones Still Fighting Birth Control Mandate After Ruling
- GOP Pressure Chris Koster to Appeal Contraception Decision
- Catholic Bishops of Missouri Slam Birth Control Ruling

Last year Republican legislators overrode a veto from Governor Jay Nixon to push through a law (SB 749) that allowed businesses to deny contraception coverage to employees if the owner of the company objected to birth control on moral, ethical or religious grounds.

But under Obamacare, only religious organizations have a right to deny contraception coverage. In her ruling last month U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig rejected the premise that Missouri's law opening up exemptions for more than just religious organizations did not violate the federal law.

Today Koster said he would ask the federal court to clarify its ruling so that federal exemptions applicable to religious employers, such as the Archdiocese of St. Louis, remain in effect. However, Koster also stated that he would not appeal the crux of the court's decision that found that other employers in Missouri must provide contraceptive coverage as part of their employer-provided healthcare plans.

Continue on to view Koster's motion to the court.


Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
10 comments
Terry Cagle
Terry Cagle

Esteban stfu with that same ol 1950's line this 2013 and you prepare for the worst while hoping for the best...people make mistakes but not you perfect assholes of the world who have never made a mistake...GOD help us if you have reproduced!!!!

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

He's running for governor.

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

If we start allowing employees to dictate what they consider moral, what happens if they consider Christianity to be immoral and refuse to cover any Christians who are employed by them? Remember they can't not hire them, but they could not cover them even if they are paying insurance. And by the way, contraceptives save insurance companies millions. The pill is 1000x cheaper than birth- which would be covered. If you want lower rates, then you should support them covering contraceptives.

jumpinjezebel
jumpinjezebel

Well at least there's one sane person in Missouri!

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

This is not about tax payer funded contraceptives, people. Pay attention. The only way this becomes tax payer funded us if the GOP lets companies deny employees who pay for insurance the right to the health care they paid for. Then the govt will end up paying for it. Do you want your employer to refuse to cover anything they find morally, not religiously, but morally wrong? If an employer is opposed to guns and you go hunting and someone accidentally shoots you, is it okay for your employer to deny coverage based on their moral opposition to guns?

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

"you dont want people to get contraceptives yet you bitch about all the kids on medicaid and food stamps" or...wait for it, terry...hold on to your birkenstocks and phish records...MAYBE people shouldn't be having sex if they can't afford the kids that come from it? maybe? and condoms are essentially free.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

i don't think they are trying to "deny" it. i think they just don't want taxpayers to PAY for it. big difference.

Chris McDaniel
Chris McDaniel

So is Missouri's complete denial of Right to Privacy regarding Concealed Carry.

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

This is about insurance provided contraceptives. If an employee is paying health insurance premiums, they ARE paying for their own contraceptives. This has nothing to do with cost. It has to do with if your employer can deny you health insurance coverage based on "moral" grounds. As in- if you work for someone of Jewish or Muslim faith, can they refuse to insure you if you eat pork because they are morally opposed to it? If you get drunk and fall and break your arm, should an employer refuse to cover that broken arm because they are morally opposed to alcohol use?

Terry Cagle
Terry Cagle

you dont want people to get contraceptives yet you bitch about all the kids on medicaid and food stamps....talk about wanting your cake and eating it also...

Now Trending

St. Louis Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...