As the full scope of the contraceptive services mandate has rolled out over the last few days, learning that it must be offered for free sent me into a great deal of thought about exactly what that means. My first thought was that nothing is ever free, it just means that the costs will be transferred to other people. I think the best idea is that the retail costs for contraceptive services be very inexpensive and it should be readily available to the point that it doesn’t need to be covered by health insurance. Of course, that’s not likely to happen (although it should happen). I wondered who would be affected by the transfer of costs. Can they afford it? Can I afford it? Then it occurred to me that the costs will be transferred to a group of people who are long overdue to share in the responsibility for paying for these services: Men!
Hurray! It been a long time coming.