Thank you for making contraceptives free for women throughout the USA.
Women covered by private insurance will soon be able to fill their birth control prescriptions at no cost, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday. Starting in August 2012, insurers will be required to cover the full cost of contraception and family planning, along with seven other services aimed at preventing disease and promoting well-being in women.
This is a tremendous (if decades overdue) victory for all Americans. Some private insurance plans have $50 copay, which can be a burden. There are millions of women and families in America under great financial strain, and $600 a year is not something they can afford. Unplanned pregnancies can de-rail an education or a career that a woman has just begun, preventing her from achieving her full potential and choosing the best moment to start a family (if that is what she wants). Pregnancy can bring dangers like preeclampsia. And Tea Party Economics means the job market is going to get a lot tougher–so an unplanned pregnancy could mean an extra mouth to feed when it is already hard to pay the mortgage or rent.
It is very good that the Federal government is helping people control their own lives. This speaks to the underlying value of fairness in progressive politics.
This new regulation over private insurance will make women’s lives better, with more individual freedom and more control over their own destinies.
BTW, President McCain would never have done this. And Sen. Scott Brown promised to stop the Affordable Care Act that made this regulation possible. I don’t think those guys really understand how government can make life more fair for everyone.