U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement regarding the vote on the so-called "Blunt Amendment," which would allow any employer to deny any employee health coverage for any medical service for any reason:
"With thousands of people still unemployed in Michigan, it's astounding that some in Congress want to take away basic medical coverage for women and families instead of working together to create jobs. This amendment threatened to deny women essential health care services like mammograms, maternity care, and birth control by allowing any employer to deny health care coverage to employees for any medical service for any reason. Now that this outrageous measure has been defeated, Congress has got to get its priorities straight and focus on the economy."
Current law and regulations already ensure that religious-affiliated employers do not have to cover services they have a moral objection to, such as contraception. The Blunt Amendment goes far beyond that and says that any employer can take away coverage for any person-men, women and children-for practically any reason. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 51-48.