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Does anyone seriously deny that virtually all Americans from teenagers to the elderly spend at least $240 A YEAR on something(s) that is not essential❓

Millions upon millions of working Americans struggle with high deductible health plans for their families having to pay thousands of dollars out-of-pocket before being reimbursed a penny for health care expenses and yet the political left’s obsessionis with the  “free” contraceptive pill under the false assumption it is not affordable. 

But Dr. Haywood L. Brown, the president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said the rules would turn back the clock on women’s health.

Affordable contraception for women saves lives,” he said. “It prevents pregnancies. It improves maternal mortality. It prevents adolescent pregnancies.” New York Times 10-5-17

The optimum word in the above is “affordable.” But the problem is that we have gone way beyond that and have convinced many people that only free meets that standard. We have also convinced ourselves that the only way to prevent unwanted pregnancy is for others to take responsibility.

Following is the nonsense too many people accept without question. First, virtually all employers providing health benefits cover birth control and have for decades. Second, just because you have to pay for it does not mean you are being denied anything. Does you employer deny you a $4.00 coffee, a manicure, a tattoo, a new pair of boots or anything else you decide to spend money on? Why is a pill any different?

The new regulations could reduce the number of women receiving contraceptive coverage with no out-of-pocket cost by allowing more employers to drop the requirement that all plans cover the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives without cost-sharing. Female employees, dependents, and students at institutions that choose to claim this exemption will no longer have guaranteed contraceptive coverage, placing some of the most effective yet costly methods out of financial reach for many women.  Source: Kaiser Health News

“Out of financial reach” for employed women, female dependents, students? Absolute pure nonsense. Never, ever do we seem to consider that spending on one thing may be more important than spending on another (that involves our health and welfare). 

The pill should be free to the poor who truly cannot afford it. Beyond that coverage should be up to the employer plan (paying most of the bill) and should always be subject to the standard plan Rx co-pay. Do we believe that because her insurance requires a $8.00 monthly co-pay a women will instead become pregnant? That’s what some people seem to think. 

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  1. Actually, it IS true. People seriously believe that even the most modest charge will lead to unwanted pregnancies and abortions.

    Contraceptive services and supplies can be “costly”. Even methods that are relatively inexpensive on a per-unit basis (such as condoms) can cost substantial amounts over a year, not to mention over the 30 years that a woman typically spends trying to avoid pregnancy. (Guttmacher Institute, Testimony of Guttmacher Institute: submitted to the Committee on Preventive Services for Women, Institute of Medicine, 2011, http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/CPSW-testimony.pdf )

    In 2014, an estimated 20 million women were in need of publicly funded contraceptive services and supplies because they either had an income below 250% of the federal poverty level or were younger than 20 (and thus were likely to have had a heightened need — for reasons of confidentiality—to obtain care without depending on their family’s resources or private insurance). The federal and state governments provide funding for family planning services and supplies to help women meet these challenges. Publicly funded family planning services help women to avoid pregnancies they do not want and to plan pregnancies they do. In 2014, these services helped women avoid nearly two million unintended pregnancies, which would likely have resulted in 900,000 unplanned births and nearly 700,000 abortions. (Frost JJ, Frohwirth L and Zolna MR, Contraceptive Needs and Services, 2014 Update, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2016, http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/win/contraceptive-needs-2014.pdf )

    In 2010, every $1.00 invested in helping women avoid pregnancies they did not want to have saved $7.09 in Medicaid expenditures that would otherwise have been needed to pay the medical costs of pregnancy, delivery and early childhood care. (Frost, JJ, et al., Return on investment: a fuller assessment of the benefits and cost savings of the US publicly funded family planning program, Milbank Quarterly, 2014, 92(4):667–720.)

    So, yes, the taxpayer’s failure to pay for my birth control pills leads to my unwanted pregnancy, and in turn, either substantial costs to taxpayers to pay my Medicaid premium for myself and my child, the cost of delivery, education, food stamps, welfare, etc. or, in the alternative, the cost for me to have an abortion.

    Yes, it is all YOUR fault.

    The only more stupid action here about how taxpayers should be on the hook before the individual himself/herself is responsible, is the idiotic action our President took to re-stoke the debate. Just once, can someone tell him to “let sleeping dogs lie.”

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