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No Co-Pay Birth Control For Women A Smart Policy

August 1, 2011

The first thing that crossed my mind upon hearing the news that women would be able to access birth control of their choice with a no co-pay provision was, why had there been such a wait to enact this plan?  After all, women’s health care gets much attention, so how did this sensible idea not get elevated into policy before now?  With 98% of women using birth control at some point in their life how was this idea not already enacted?

The news was greeted with enthusiasm by many on Monday when it was announced that the Obama administration defined birth control as preventive care.  Therefore no copays are to be placed on the number of choices a woman might decide on when making a choice over her body.

As it should be.

The change takes effect next August, and is part of the health care bill passed by Congress last year.

This is especially good news for places like Wisconsin where pregnancies have a high rate of being unplanned.   Some estimates show nearly 45% of pregnancies in the state are not ones that were planned.  In economic uncertain times that is a very important consideration which soon will be easier for women to deal with, and make in accordance with her needs and preferences.  Preventing pregnancy, and allowing for better family planning makes for more stable families and communities.

The policy change allows for women and families to better shape their lives and prepare for children on a time schedule that they are comfortable with.  In addition this change is more in tune with women, their sexuality, and the way they wish to live their lives.  

Birth control is a cost-effective way to combat a number of issues from disease prevention to unwanted children.  The benefits of having more access to contraceptives is clearly seen as a wise move by the federal government.

Everyone should be able to applaud this decision.

4 Comments
  1. Ron Groskreutz permalink
    August 2, 2011 2:07 PM

    Yeah, Deke and Sue, while I lean towards the right, and would not wish for one of my potential children to ever be aborted, there is a time and a place for just about anything. And, I would far rather prevent that pregnancy from ever happening than to have a child aborted. I think, though I am wishy-washy at times, that life starts at conception. But I believe that any measure that prevents that conception is quite acceptable. I just hate to have to continue to take money out of the taxpayers pockets to provide for many whom are capable of providing for themselves but choose not to. I work for my money, I want to keep it. I don’t like government programs that give things to people for free.

  2. Sue permalink
    August 2, 2011 10:01 AM

    Gritrock, your point is well taken but let’s be clear here: there is a faction in this country that is gaining legislative power, and in their most extreme beliefs, they think that there is no reason, ever, to prevent a pregnancy. Even a non-insurance-covered, affordable over-the-counter morning after pill, is not acceptable and must be stopped.
    This is a bigger issue than an insurance mandate. In a country where one state has driven out all but one abortion provider (and that one may be gone by now, I’m not sure) and legislators in other states continue to introduce creative legislation to attack women (for instance, making miscarriages a felony if a woman can’t prove she somehow didn’t cause it), this is a small and comforting victory.
    And maybe you don’t have to worry, because candidates will run on overturning it.

  3. August 1, 2011 9:28 PM

    There are more options than the pill, at least back when I was dating girls. And yes, it can lead to risk lowering encounters.

    While in a perfect world your car theory sounds great at the end of the day a child is more important, and as such needs to be treated right even if the parents are idiots. After all, it is not the child’s fault over how he/she was brought into the world. Also, it is far less costly to do things correctly for a child at the front end as opposed to prisons and social sertvice costs at the back end of a life.

  4. gritrock permalink
    August 1, 2011 7:17 PM

    While I agree that preventing unwanted pregnancy is better than choosing abortion, and cheaper. I am not convinced it is my responsibility to pay for someone else’s choice to abstain or not abstain from sex, and from being responsible for their own decisions. You also stated that “Birth control is a cost-effective way to combat a number of issues from disease prevention to unwanted children.” I’m sure it was just a mis-type, but access to the pill obviously has nothing to do with disease prevention.
    If I make a bad decision and buy a car I can’t afford or start a restaurant that fails, there is no one there to bail me out. At some point people need to be responsible for themselves and rely on their a family support system. Our government, and the taxpayers, can not be everything to everyone.

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