02/09/2012 03:36 am ET Updated Jul 09, 2017

Birth Control Rules: Most of Obama's 'Controversial' Mandate Has Been Law For A Decade

President Barack Obama's decision to require most employers to cover birth control and insurers to offer it at no cost has created a firestorm of controversy. But the central mandate—that most employers have to cover preventative care for women—has been law for over a decade. This point has been completely lost in the current controversy, as Republican presidential candidates and social conservatives claim that Obama has launched a war on religious liberty and the Catholic Church.

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