Fox Analyst’s Ridiculous Claim: Obamacare Mandate Includes Euthanasia
Fox Analyst Andrew Napolitano, who most recently made headlines saying that Abraham Lincoln should’ve bought all the slaves from the south rather than start the Civil War, falsely told viewers of The Kelly File that Obamacare’s contraceptive coverage includes abortion and euthanasia.
“As everybody knows,” Napolitano said on Monday, “The Affordable Care Act requires anybody that employs 50 or more people to provide health care for them that includes contraceptive services. Contraceptive services means contraception, euthanasia, and abortion.”
How wrong is he? Completely, utterly, entirely.
The Kaiser Family Foundation points out that the preventive coverage only includes “FDA approved contraceptives” and “abortion coverage is specifically banned from being required as part of the essential benefits package.” The also note that the only FDA-approved drug to induce abortion is not covered.
According to Media Matters, the Affordable Care Act also protects insurers and medical providers who choose not to provide euthanasia to patients.
Despite the fact that euthanasia and abortion have nothing to do with the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby case, conservatives are now pushing the case as being about the “Obamacare abortion mandate.” Even Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy told reporters that he will likely vote to strike down the “abortion mandate”, bad news for contraception advocates who have to campaign against people who don’t know what they are talking about.
The Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby case was heard by the court earlier this week and a ruling is imminent. The Hobby Lobby originally filed a lawsuit against the federal government, saying “The Green family’s religious beliefs forbid them from participating in, providing access to, paying for, training others to engage in, or otherwise supporting abortion-causing drugs and devices.”
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