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Obama-Care Means ‘Free’ Contraception?

From a cheering Associated Press:

Contraception could be free under health care law

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Sun Oct 31, 2010

WASHINGTON – Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health care law…

A panel of experts advising the government meets in November to begin considering what kind of preventive care for women should be covered at no cost to the patient, as required under President Barack Obama’s overhaul.

Six months after passing ‘healthcare reform’ and we are still discovering what’s in it. We are about to get "a panel" which will tell us about all of the goodies it is going to dispense "at no cost to the patient"?

Thanks again, Ms. Pelosi. (Who, come to think of it, is just about to find out what else was in the bill. — The end of her career as Speaker.) 

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., author of the women’s health amendment, says the clear intent was to include family planning.

Regretfully, Ms. Mikulski forgot to put her "clear intent" into the language of the amendment. Or perhaps she was afraid to.

But is birth control preventive medicine? … 

For many medical and public health experts, there’s no debate.

Meaning, for the AP "there’s no debate."

"There is clear and incontrovertible evidence that family planning saves lives and improves health," said obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. David Grimes, an international family planning expert who teaches medicine at the University of North Carolina. "Contraception rivals immunization in dollars saved for every dollar invested. Spacing out children allows for optimal pregnancies and optimal child rearing. Contraception is a prototype of preventive medicine."

In other words, pregnancy is a disease. Especially, if it could mean more non-Democrats.

But U.S. Catholic bishops say pregnancy is a healthy condition, not an illness. In comments filed with the Department of Health and Human Services, the bishops say they oppose any requirement to cover contraceptives or sterilization as preventive care

As recently as the 1990s, many health insurance plans didn’t even cover birth control. Protests, court cases, and new state laws led to dramatic changes. Today, almost all plans now cover prescription contraceptives. So does Medicaid, the health care program for low-income people.

The use of birth control is "virtually universal" in the U.S., according to a government report this summer from the National Center for Health Statistics. Nearly 93 million prescriptions for contraceptives were dispensed in 2009, according to IMS Health, a market analysis firm. Generic versions of the pill are available at Walmart stores, for example, for $9 a month.

So why does it need to be in Obama-care? Because the government wants to be able to have a say in who gets ‘birth control’ – and why.

Still, about half of all pregnancies are unplanned, and many occur among women using some form of contraception. The government says the problem is rarely the birth control method, but "inconsistent or incorrect use," such as forgetting to take a pill.

Advocates say free birth control would begin to address the problem

What this country really needs is a ‘morning after’ pill for politicians who have (ahem) ‘done it’ to themselves.

But maybe Tuesday will remedy that somewhat.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

27 Responses to “Obama-Care Means ‘Free’ Contraception?”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Still, about half of all pregnancies are unplanned”

    Oh—there’s so much more to this statement. So much more.

    Unplanned? How about irresponsible acts of sex? Most everyone knows “where babies come from” nowadays…so there’s no mystery there.

    Need a bigger welfare check? Make another baby. You poor “victim”.

    I find that the statement “half of all pregnancies are unplanned” to be only a half-truth. Responsible people, having children while married, etc…usually plan when they want kids. Then there’s the other kind. And that’s why the largest and fastest growing segment of the population of this nation is the poor and stupid. There I said it.

    Unplanned? That has got to be the euphemism of all euphemisms. “Unplanned”….heh heh. (shaking head)

    • hushpuppy says:

      ” …that’s why the largest and fastest growing segment of the population of this nation is the poor and stupid. There I said it.”

      Ann Coulter dedicated an entire chapter in one of her books on this subject. Going from memory, she touched on how the ‘poor, single mother with children’ was sacrosanct for liberals. Everything libs do is for poor, single mothers with children. Before enacting any laws beit housing or welfare, they’ll ask themselves how it could impact poor single mothers with children.

      I’ve also heard her numerous time on Fox saying that if you want to be successful in life to get a good education and keep your knees together.

      That’s so shocking for libtards to hear though – because everyone has a ‘right’ to have sex and a ‘right’ to receive welfare and other benefits because they can’t go out and work because they’re staying at home.

      This in my mind at least puts stupid, single and poor welfare mothers on par with animals who mindlessly copulate when in heat and look for a sheltered place to give birth to their litters.

      These Einsteins have the morals of a common alley cat.

      (Hint to libtards: this is not a compliment!)

      It just burns my butt to see how many idiot single mothers with 2 or 3 or 5 children.

      Those kids will never have had a chance. Instead, they’ll have a ‘career in law enforcement’ (criminal records) and society will have to deal with the aftermath as defense lawyers ask judges to not be harsh to their clients because they had a poor upbringing!

      …and so on.

      This is one of my sore points!

    • proreason says:

      Pay people for something, anything, and you will get more of it.

      Babies, voting, sneaking into the country, and not working come readily to mind.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Nor is the answer ever to delegate this responsibility to the schools – which it already is – when schools are a significant part of the problem.

      Personally I don’t think the answer to a cultural problem is in goverment, when again usually they’re just as much as part of it. It lies in many steps, the first being the collective has to rise up and refute out of the mainstream those who peddle the culture of corruption on the impressionable much like they’re refuting the culture of corruption in Washington. Disney, Hollywood, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, etc.

      It’s possible because the root of the problem is the same: malicious, lying Liberals. There’s not much we can do legally to blunt the effect these social engineers have in profiting from marketing learned helplessness, so we have to use the capitalist system to build a cultural movement in addition to a poltical one that’s goal is the restoration and celebration of American values.

      I appreciate that there’ll be those who’ll be hesitant to the culture wars. There is evidence that this movement too has begun. But it’s being fueled in part by the realization by old social conservatives that the goverment can’t do anything to stop cultural rot, it can only accelerate it. They just want to end the continually downward spiral of tragic social side-effects.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    One reason that ‘still, about half of all pregnancies are unplanned’ is that 1) a lot of women cannot take the vaulted, wonderful and sexually freeing of women pill – big surprise that as with every belief, program, idea and scheme liberal – they forget just one little niggly segment who ‘fall through the cracks’ (or is it intentional?!?) and 2) that probably half of that half are ‘planned’ by one half of the couple for the intention of a) getting a man tied to them forever or b) welfare, WIC, Medicaid, etc.

    Free – so who is going to pay for it? Once again – they incite, dumb down and talk down to a percentage of the population and then expect those of us who are working to pick up the tab.

    Tuesday is going to show that we are not that damn stupid and tired of always picking up the tab.

    You want to f*#@ around – fine do it – but then damn well lie in the stinking bed you created, buy your own food (and that of the spawn you create) and don’t expect me to pay for a damn thing for you. Grow up and come back to reality.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      Or it’s (3), lack of education about pregnancy and the costs of it going forward (in terms of actually raising a quality child). At the same time, there are people claiming that abstinence programs work, but I do have my doubts. My aim would be to encourage states to educate in the schools.

      (2) can be remedied easily by capping costs of welfare for one child or requiring that the father be identified (presume that the pregnancy was not the result of a rape), and with a cap on welfare benefits of 36 months for a rolling 120-month period.

    • hushpuppy says:

      For Adam:

      The costs should automatically be deducted from both sets of the child’s grandparents, period. No exceptions. Ever.

      As for a lack of sex education? C’mon. Everyone knows where babies come from. This is how 10 year old boys get 8 year old girls pregnant. They damn well know what they’re doing at that age. They’re playing ‘house’ and making a baby so they can be a mommy and daddy!

      As to abstinence programs working. Libs love to say they don’t work, but abstinence works 100%. Always. People can’t get themselves pregnant. So there isn’t a Part B which fits into Part A, there’s no conception.

      As for capping the costs of welfare: No welfare for any able bodied female. If you’re old enough to have sex, you’re old enough to work.

      What the hell did people do before there was ‘welfare’? Answer: mothers went to work so they could earn money to support themselves and their child (ren). No education? Take your child to classes with you and go back to school. Be self sufficient.

      The only exception for governmental assistance would be for the person who is unable to work due to the severe mental retardation of their child.

      We had a neighbor a few years ago who was receiving benefits because their child was born severely physically and mentally handicapped from birth. The father divorced the mother and hasn’t been in the picture for years. That left the mother to stay with the child 24/7. Although the child in question is in her late teens, she has the mental capacity of a newborn. In order to be mobile, the child must be harnessed into a wheelchair and secured into place with a number of straps. Otherwise, she could not sit up straight on her own. She is subject to tonic-clonic seizures, and the paramedics have had to be called on a number of occasions. The mother refuses to institutionalize her daughter reasoning that only she can love her daughter in a way that others cannot.

      It is not a happy scenario. I don’t resent some of my tax dollars going for this woman. But I resent the hell out of welfare mothers have a house full of nice things regular folks can’t afford by working. New cars every few years, trips to Europe or Africa all paid for by everyone. This is known as the proverbial ‘it takes a bloody village to raise a child’ in liberal terminology.

      And finally Adam – tell me why you’re so generous on the benefits you’d be willing to pay out? How did you arrive at those figures?

    • proreason says:

      “What the hell did people do before there was ‘welfare’? Answer: mothers went to work so they could earn money to support themselves and their child (ren).”

      Actually, it was even better than that. Potential mothers didn’t enter the baby making business until they had a family unit intact that was capable of supporting and raising children. Society was actually constructed around that principle, oh about 100% or so.

      And with what have we replaced the social framework that worked for tens of thousands of years and populated the earth with billions of people? In the last 40 years we replaced it with a system that encourages that the most priceless creatures on earth be brought into life with no father and few prospects; a system that has turned those precious creatures into a commodity that can be traded for ipods and tennis shoes. And if the ipods and tennis shoes aren’t enough, we sanction killing the babies so as not to make the purchaser suffer. We call that system “progressivism”.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      @hushpuppy – Last Q first: The debate has to start somewhere…and then move from there. Also, it presumes a situation of unemployment as the result of job loss, and would be an interim measure only.

      I would also make an exception (in addition to yours on the child being severely handicapped) for a child born of a pregnancy that was the direct result of a sex crime.

      As I said below though, someone has to break the cycle.

      Deduct from the grandparents though? That’s the part of the post I may not be understanding.

  3. swee says:

    Rusty, I’d say the poor and uneducated. Studies have shown that the more education a woman has, the more likely she is to put off having children. Education is ‘birth control’ in its own right…why not just make college completely free and call it a day? Forget the pills and the condoms, man!

    • Adam Moreira says:

      Surely you jest (making college free)…then they will get degrees with no useful real-life application.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I said “poor and stupid” for a reason. Ignorance, or lack of education is almost excusable in many circumstances. But if you do the same dumb thing twice, or more, then you’re stupid and deserve everything you get.

      It takes a wise person to realize their ignorance but only a true idiot will try to sell you their own lack of knowledge.

  4. Chase says:

    Adam, how about we leave sex education out of the schools completely, where it is treated as common, simply biological, and permissable exactly because it is talked about in casual, matter-of-fact presentations? Kids then take it as everyone is doing it, it is simply for pleasure, it’s to be expected, and there are no consequences if you do it according to methods taught in school with contraceptive measures offered and discussed, and voila, the impression IS everyone is doing it, without consequences, and it’s cool.

    Sex can be taught in the home as means of bonding, caring, strengthening and expressing deepest and strongest human emotions and behaviors, in disciplined, protected, and mutually respectful means. Or, it can be treated as biological rutting from which everyone walks away, which is a lie.

    We did not discuss financial consequences of unintended pregnancy. We did not discuss STDs. We did not discuss birth control. Abortion is treated as evil. Adoption into a family of loving heterosexual parents has been taught as the proper consequence for those who err, vs single parenthood. We chose to treat sex with reverence, respect, and as something reserved for people committed through marriage to caring for one another, and to bringing greater joy to our unity by bringing children into our lives.

    We monitor the music, tv programming and movies watched in our home, leading by example, while being very frank in why certain shows, attitudes and behaviors depicted as cool, common, and without consequence are dishonest, regrettable, and uncool.

    Schools have no business compensating, usurping, or replacing or contending with that which should be reserved to be taught by families, by parents, at home. Period.

  5. Curmudgeon says:

    Students already don’t appreciate school because it is compulsory and a right.
    Then, many students whose parents pay their way through school or who get a scholarship squander their opportunity to get a college education.
    I don’t believe it’s just “education”
    It’s being the kind of person who will make the most of your opportunities.
    Paying for everyone’s education is something they have already been trying to do for every student that shows any aptitude, from my experience. My very large college was just like my high school on an enormous scale. Scores of students fail out in their first years on their parents dime. Some come back on their own.

  6. xsssx says:

    I Could And Might Only Hope For The Change That Causes Every Baby That happens To Be Mistakenly Born To a Democratic Couple To Be Aborted ASAP.

    11th Commandment via ObamaCare

    Barack Hussein Obama Approves of this Message

  7. proreason says:

    Why isn’t hot sex free?

    I’m sure I saw that or imagined it in the Constitution (same thing).

    With all the rich people in this country, it just seems fair that every patriotic American ought to have a safety net of lap dance stamps, and for those Americans who have unfairly been deprived of their sex drive, viagra and 19 year-olds ought to be available at your corner 7-11……for free, of course.

  8. GetBackJack says:

    I can link this article to a jpeg of Hillary Clinton and Janet Reno doing something unnatural in a motel, and that’s the most effective contraception I can think of, but Steve will boot me off this site forever.

  9. xsssx says:

    Proreason said:
    Why isn’t hot sex free?

    It probably is. Just not to you. There still is the law of supply and demand. And there is still of a law of survival of the fittest. And the natural law of selection.

    • proreason says:

      Send me your picture asap.

      I want to see what somebody who has all hot sex they can use looks like ;-).

  10. hushpuppy says:

    “If the parents were doing that job, I might agree with you. But they aren’t. Hence, the problem today. ”

    It is not my job to raise someone else’s offspring, neither is it anyone else’s job (responsibility) to raise mine. That’s why government interference/nannystate-ism irks me to hell and back!

    I’d love to hear your solution to your comment… but mine goes back to the child’s grandparents paying and being responsible for their grandchild. It’s their own flash and blood and another branch on their family tree. If the mother or father isn’t able, capable, willing, etc to raise their child, then it does go back one more generation to the grandparents.

    And I daresay that if that were to be the case, you’d be good and sure the next generations would raise their children to be responsible adults.

    Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      Tell me about the nanny state.

      I’m not sure how I can solve that though, because breaking the cycle has to start with someone, and it’s clear that some parents aren’t up to the task…but I don’t think that you can do forced sterilization without a crime having been committed.

  11. Liberals Demise says:

    The one thing missing in all these great points being made is………..
    “How many more Billions of dollars will this “FREE” contraception cost?”
    You never hear mooselimbs talk about the pill.

    An aspirin held firmly between the knees is cheaper!

  12. P. Aaron says:

    You want cheap contraception? Post B. Mikulski’s pic EVERYWHERE!

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