Poll Shows Majority Oppose Obama’s Contraception Mandate
Perhaps Americans understand better than Team Obama that it is silly, patronizing, patriarchal, and could cause job loss
(Daily Caller) A majority of Americans – including a majority of women, independents, and young voters – oppose the contraception mandate created by Obamacare, according to a new poll set to be released Tuesday by the Family Research Council.
Fifty-three percent of likely U.S. voters oppose forcing employers to provide plans that various birth control methods, according to the poll, conducted earlier this month. Forty-three percent support doing so.
Just a note: that poll was been released on May 8th, and is available at the FRC website. It asked the question
As you may know, the President’s healthcare law contains the HHS mandate which requires that all private healthcare plans, including both employer based health plans and individual market health plans, cover preventative care services for women, which includes all FDA approved contraceptives, including drugs that can destroy a human embryo, and sterilization services without a direct cost to the patient. Employers that offer their employees’ healthcare plans that do not includes these drugs and services will be fined up to $100 per day per employee. Do you support or oppose this law?
40% strongly oppose, 26% strongly support.
Despite being a bargain for women, fifty percent of women oppose the mandate while only 45 percent support it, according to the poll, conducted by WPA Research on behalf of the conservative Family Research Council. Thirty-six percent of women strongly oppose the mandate, while 29 percent strongly support it.
Other groups that tend to support Democratic candidates oppose the mandate as well, according to the poll.
Forty-nine percent of adults between 18 and 44 years old oppose, and 47 percent support the mandate. Hispanics are split evenly on the issue, though slightly more in the heavily Democratic group strongly oppose the mandate than strongly support it.
FRC president Tony Perkins notes in the press release
“As the debate over the HHS mandate has played out in the media and the courts, Americans oppose the mandate because it puts the jobs, livelihoods, and healthcare of Americans at risk. It forces those who stand up for their conscience to choose between paying crippling fines that could shut down their business or dropping the healthcare of all their employees.
“Respecting freedom of conscience is a long-held American tradition and the government should not impose mandates or laws that force individuals and businesses to violate these beliefs just to hold a job, own a business, or have health insurance. This is a flawed mandate within a flawed law.
Let’s not forget, the contraception mandate was a creation of Team Obama, not the actual “Affordable” Care Act itself. There is no mention of any parts of the mandate within the law, in terms of any requirements. It was invented simply to patronize Democrats and women.
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