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Letter: Bureaucrats mandated birth control

Supporters of employer-paid birth control rally in front

Supporters of employer-paid birth control rally in front of the Supreme Court before the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores was announced June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled 5-4 that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla

In her column "Hobby Lobby misconceptions," Anne Michaud refers to the Affordable Care Act's "contraceptive mandate" [Opinion, July 17].

My question is simple: What contraception mandate in the ACA? There is no such requirement in the authorizing statute. The contraception "mandate" is contained in the enabling regulations drafted by the bureaucrats at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. You know, the same marvels of efficiency who gave us healthcare.gov!

The contraceptive mandate was never even discussed, let alone debated or approved by Congress. This is not to say that it is not a good thing, or does not merit discussion, just that no such discussion occurred. And now we have a Supreme Court precedent over a topic that was never introduced in Congress! Where is the outrage?

In summary, we have a bogus decision over a bogus policy that is not even in a bogus law. Business as usual, eh?

Bob Abernethy, Santa Monica, California
 

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