Biden vows to overturn high court ruling on religious exemption to ObamaCare contraceptive mandate

Biden this week also vowed to restore country's membership to WHO after Trump announced U.S. departure in 2021

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Updated: July 10, 2020 - 9:06am

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is vowing, if elected in November, to overturn the Supreme Court decision this week that allows religious liberty exemptions to an ObamaCare mandate on contraceptives.

The high court ruled Wednesday that employers such as the Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby could be exempt from providing insurance coverage for employees to buy contraceptives.

"If I am elected, I will restore the Obama-Biden policy that existed before the Hobby Lobby ruling: providing an exemption for houses of worship and an accommodation for nonprofit organizations with religious missions," Biden said.

Biden in recent days has also said that if elected he would restore the county’s membership to the World Health Organization, after President Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. would withdrawal.

On the contractive mandate, the Trump administration in 2017 instituted a wide-ranging rule that allowed religious employers not to offer contraception coverage, after the Obama administration had run into legal trouble for its contraceptive mandate, according to The Washington Free Beacon. 

Two states sued and a judge issued a preliminary injunction stopping the administration's rule from going into effect. But the high court found that the administration has broad discretion to decide what exemptions to offer and what to mandate, the Free Beacon also reported.

 

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