Arizona House Bill 2625, authored by Majority Whip Debbie Lesko, R-Glendale, would permit employers to ask their employees for proof of medical prescription if they seek contraceptives for non-reproductive purposes, such as hormone control or acne treatment.
“I believe we live in America. We don’t live in the Soviet Union,” Lesko said. “So, government should not be telling the organizations or mom and pop employers to do something against their moral beliefs.”
Well lady, I hate to inform you that there once was day where mom and pop employers wouldn't hire "coloreds" because it went against their moral beliefs -- Sheesh.
Lesko said this bill responds to a contraceptive mandate in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law March 2010.
“My whole legislation is about our First Amendment rights and freedom of religion,” Lesko said. “All my bill does is that an employer can opt out of the mandate if they have any religious objections.”
The term "any religious objections" can certainly cover a wide swath of ground, but of course our benevolent "job creators" wouldn't take advantage of such a gap -- or would they if it meant a larger bottom line?
Yesterday, a Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Republican Debbie Lesko's HB2625 by a vote of 6-2, which would allow an employer to request proof that a woman using insurance to buy birth control was being prescribed the birth control for reasons other than not wanting to get pregnant.
It's all about freedom, she said. But whose freedom are we talking about preserving here? Since when do religious people get to trample on everyone else's rights, then have the nerve to call what they are doing freedom? So a boss gets to dictate to an employee just what kind of care they can have based on the bosses religious beliefs?
Mired deep within this legislation clearly shows the insanity within.
Removes the provision of law that allows a religious employer whose religious tenets prohibit the use of prescribed contraceptive methods to require the corporation to provide a contract without coverage for all FDA approved contraceptive methods.Asserts that a contract shall not be considered to have failed if the contract’s failure to provide coverage of specific items or services related to contraception is because providing or paying for coverage is contrary to the religious beliefs of the employer, sponsor, issuer, corporation or other entity offering the plan; or because the coverage is contrary to the religious beliefs of the purchaser or beneficiary of the coverage.
Requires that a written affidavit be filed with the corporation stating the objection, if an objection triggers the subsection.
Directs the corporation to retain the affidavit for the duration of contract and any renewals of the contract.
Specifies that coverage for prescriptive contraceptive methods ordered by a health care provider for uses other than for contraceptive, abortifacient, abortion or sterilization purposes are not excluded.
Allows a corporation, employer, sponsor, issuer or other entity offering the plan to state religious beliefs or moral convictions in its affidavit that require the subscriber to first pay for the prescription and then submit a claim to the corporation.
Permits a corporation to charge an administrative fee for handling these claims.
Removes the requirement that every religious employer that provide prospective insureds written notice that the religious employer refuses to cover all FDA-approved contraceptive methods for religious purposes.
Deletes the definition of religious employer.
Removes the provision that prohibits religious employers from discriminating against an employee who independently chooses to obtain insurance coverage or prescriptions for contraceptives from another source.
There are some pretty vicious provisions in there. A woman will have to pay out of pocket, make a claim, prove to the corporation's satisfaction that she isn't a slut, then she might get her money back at their discretion. The company can also fire her if she gets her contraceptives from her own insurance company or pays for them out of pocket anyway. Wow.
This is purposefully designed to demonstrate to female employees they are not fully human. It's pure misogyny, which for republicans is shorthand for " We want to control your lady-parts because you might mis-use them for other things than procreation.