The Senate voted on a bill, which would have overridden the Supreme Court's decision concerning Hobby Lobby, by requiring all for-profit business to provide all 20 types of contraceptives. (The Supreme Court case ruled that Hobby Lobby only had to provide 16 types, due to religious objections against four of them).
The vote failed, by four votes. There were only four senators who did not vote along party lines. Three of them were Republican, while the other was the majority leader Harry Reid. I wonder why he voted against his own party's bill.
Political analysts believe the bill failed,
People have been vocal on Twitter about the topic, using the slogan "not my boss's business". The argument is that birth control is a private matter, between a woman and her doctor. Her employer should have no say in the matter whatsoever. But if it's not her boss' business, why should her boss pay for it? Usually, when someone is financially responsible for something, they feel like they deserve to dictate what it's like. I can remember many times when my parents overrode my preferences, on the grounds that they were paying for something, so they had final control over it.
Maybe there can be a different middleman between people and their health care, besides employers. There are many people like me, whose employers have chosen not to provide health care, based on the type of work I do. If I had a choice between "no health care at all" and "health care which does not provide full contraceptive access", I'd take the latter.