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.