Every woman will have access to birth control under the Obama administration’s latest decision regarding health care reform, which was meant to appease Catholic bishops who balked at a previous iteration of the rule. White House officials stated on Friday that insurers must create a policy that doesn’t offer coverage of contraceptives that can be used by religiously-affiliated employers that object. But insurers also have to offer a plan that covers contraceptives without co-pays or deductibles and they are required to reach out and offer it to women. Explicitly religious employers, such as houses of worship, are still exempt from covering contraception in their prescription plans. Keep reading »
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Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Says Birth Control “Just Costs A Few Dollars,” Is Not Something “You Need Insurance For”
- Oh, Rick Santorum, just shut up already! He told conservatives at the CPAC conference today that insurers shouldn’t cover the cost of birth control because it “costs just a few dollars. Is that what insurance is for?” He continued, adding “Things that are not really things you need insurance for, and still forcing on something that is not a critical economic need, when you have an economic distress, where you would need insurance. But forcing them even more to do it for minor expenses.” Regardless of what your opinions on health care reform are, Rick Santorum is just WRONG. It’s not “just a few dollars.” It’s not a “minor expense.” My birth control pills had a co-pay of $60 — that’s with insurance — so I stopped taking them because they were out of my budget. [Think Progress]
- Yes, let’s all fight about Liz Lemon on “30 Rock” some more. [NPR]
- No female TSA agents on duty meant a Denver woman was not allowed to board a flight. She was not even allowed to sign a waiver and approve a male TSA agent pat her down. How ridiculous! [KDVR]
- Blogger Alyssa Rosenberg on the New York Giants’ Brandon Jacobs, who suggested Gisele Bundchen “look cute and shut up,” and how sexism silences wives of famous men. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
Most employers will be required to cover the full cost of contraception and other preventative services in their health plans under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. This means that women’s preventative health care like birth control will be available without co-pays or deductibles when Obama’s health care reform law goes into effect in August 1, 2012.
This past August, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that health insurers would be required to cover birth control without co-pays following the release of a report by the Institute of Medicine. That independent panel of doctors had cited coverage of preventative health care, such as STD screening and birth control, in its recommendation of best practices.
(And of course the talking boobs on Fox News wasted no time asking what Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be forced to cover next — manicures and pedicures?!?! Really. Someone said that. )
- Yesterday the House of Representatives passed the “Protect Life Act,” a bill that prohibits federal funds under Obama’s healthcare reform from going towards any health insurance plans that cover abortion services. You should watch Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) statement on this crappy bill here. [Washington Post]
- People with eating disorders are fighting to have health insurance companies cover treatment of their mental illness the same way it covers treatment for other mental illnesses, like depression. [New York Times]
- GOP wannabe presidential candidate Mitt Romney said something positive about lesbian and gay couples and adoption rights, sort of. Sigh. [Think Progress]
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- Sixty-six percent of Americans say they support the government’s decision to require health insurers to make birth control available without co-pays, according to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. [Think Progress, Kaiser Family Foundation]
- Dick Cheney’s new memoir includes an incident in which he describes Condoleezza Rice as “tearfully” admitting a mistake. Some say it was sexist for Cheney to describe Rice’s behavior like that because he was perhaps casting judgment on her for crying at work. What do y’all think? [Clutch Magazine]
- Why does anyone go on Fox News “talk shows” when they just get screamed at? Sean Hannity burst a vein in his neck bellowing about how if he is not having the sex, he shouldn’t be “paying for” the birth control under the new health care reform laws. People should have “responsibility,” you see, and pay for their own birth control or practice abstinence. Abstinence, as you know, is wonderfully realistic for horny Americans! I wonder if Hannity objects as strongly to paying for other people’s lung cancer treatments, other people’s cirrhosis, and other people’s Five Guys-induced diabetes, which are all things Hannity is already “paying for.” Don’t they have a “responsibility,” too? Anyway, not having sex is clearly a topic this man is familiar with. [Media Matters]
- Meet Rosie, a golden retriever therapy dog, who recently sat on the witness stand with a 15-year-old girl who was testifying that her father had raped her. Dogs like Rosie cuddle and nuzzle child victims as they sit on the stand and help them keep calm while recounting their stories. Critics are concerned, however, that a cute puppy dog elicits too much sympathy from the jury and will sway opinions. (Yes, this is a Lady News story, because Rosie is a lady dog!) [New York Times]
The Frisky has kept you up-to-date on what Bill O’Reilly and other conservatives think about health insurers being told to cover women’s birth control without co-pays — i.e. will Blue Cross/Blue Shield cover mani/pedis next? Thankfully, Stephen Colbert has also weighed in and it’s a good thing, too. How else would we know that birth control is exactly what killed the dinosaurs? [The Colbert Report] Keep reading »
“Is the White House out of their mind? Does the West Wing not know what the left wing is doing? We’re $14 trillion in debt and now we’re cover going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well? … Why in the world would you encourage your daughters, and your granddaughters, and whoever else comes behind you to have unrestricted, unlimited sex anytime, anywhere and that, somehow if you prevent pregnancy, that somehow you’ve helped them. I would submit to you that uncontrolled sexual behavior is what is harming our girls, not our lack of birth control — which by the way they don’t seem interested in taking anyway. Having a baby is not the worst thing. I think having multiple sex partners without any kind of restraint or responsibility is much more damning, why would you support that?
— This is anti-birth control conservative Sandy Rios from a group called Family PAC speaking with Fox News’ show “America’s Newsroom” about requiring health insurers make birth control available without co-pays. (And yes, Sandy is a woman, which makes her comments all the more obnoxious.) I guess the tactic is to make birth control look like a silly, frivolous, la-di-da expense that ladies indulge in like a spa weekend? Well, next time we go out for cosmos and Depo Provera shots, Sandy Rios, you are not invited. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
- Health insurers will be required to offer birth control without co-pays under the new health care reform laws after August 1, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today. The Institute of Medicine, an independent panel of doctors, released a report last month which said preventative health care for women should be covered and named birth control, STD screening, and HPV testing, among others, as the best practices. Despite pushback from religious groups, the HHS took their suggestions to heart. In a press release, HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius noted “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need.” This is exciting! [CNN.com]
- A federal judge has ruled that Kansas must resume giving federal funding to Planned Parenthood, arguing that the law defunding the state’s clinics is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten said the law seemed to be designed to punish Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions. [Washington Post]
Birth control should not be covered without co-pays as part of preventative health care, Bill O’Reilly says, because “many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex, [so] they’re not going to use birth control anyway.” He introduces this Fox News segment while talking about pot and booze and says covering the Pill would cost four billion dollars a year (um, can I get a source on that?) and suggests improving access to birth control will “maybe” cut back on the number of abortions, foster care, and people on welfare.
First of all, WHAT? Second of all, WHAT WHAT WHAT? Keep reading »