President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick to head the Health and Human Services Department on Tuesday: House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia and a fierce opponent of abortion, the Affordable Care Act, and the law’s birth-control mandate.
Perhaps Price opposes the provision, which covers birth control without a copay, because he believes it to be unnecessary. In 2012, he made comments suggesting all women can afford birth control:
At the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference, Think Progress reporter Scott Keyes asked Price, “One of the main sticking points is whether or not contraceptive coverage is going to be covered under health insurance plans and at hospitals and whether they’re going to be able to pay for it, especially low-income women … where do we leave these women if this rule is rescinded?”
“Bring me one woman who has been left behind. Bring me one. There’s not one,” Price replied. “The fact of the matter is this is a trampling on religious freedom and religious liberty in this country.”
Price’s stated reason, that the mandate infringes on religious liberties, is a common one among conservatives. It's worth noting, however, that Obamacare doesn’t require anyone to buy or use birth control.