No, that’s not just a scary phrase. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has just introduced a bill which would essentially do that.
If passed, the bill would allow any institution or corporation to cut off birth control coverage simply by citing religious grounds.
In English, this means that no entity has to cover birth control in a health plan if it can point to a religious reason for not doing so. And the entity itself is not required to have any religious affiliation. It could just be a plain old corporation. That means that if the middle-aged white guy who runs your company is religiously opposed to birth control, he can have it stripped out of your insurance plan—even if his Viagra is still covered. You could wake up the next morning and find you’re paying full price for drugs that you once got for free or at much-reduced prices.
It wouldn’t have to be the CEO, either. It could be the CFO or Controller, concluding the firm could save millions if it didn’t have to cover those pesky women.
It really has become a war on birth control, which many liberals have been saying for years is the ultimate goal of some on the right.