Elizabeth Warren ripped her opponent Scott Brown for promptly supporting the GOP anti-birth-control provision, which is really an anti-anything-a-corporation-wants-to-omit provision:
“I am shocked that Senator Brown jumped in to support such an extreme measure,” Warren told The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent in an interview. “This is an all new attack on health care. Any insurance company could leave anyone without health care, just when they need it most.”
“This is an extreme attack on every one of us,” Warren added. “It opens the door to outright discrimination. It would let insurance companies and corporations cut off pregnant women, overweight guys, older Americans, or anyone — because some executive claims it’s part of his moral code. Maybe that wouldn’t happen, but I don’t want to take the chance.”
GOP opposition to birth control turns out to be far from the First Amendment issue they claim; indeed, their provision would allow any employer paying for insurance to omit any coverage under the Affordable Care Act simply by claiming a conscience exemption. You think that will be restricted to Catholic groups omitting birth control coverage? Neither do I. The GOP is trying to destroy the Affordable Care Act by a broad amendment, and Warren has the gumption to call them on it.