Free birth control for all begins today. No co-pays. It’s all free, right? Not really.
Everyone who holds down a job on the books will pay for it in the form of increased insurance rates. If you are morally opposed, you get the added bonus of compromising your sacred beliefs.
The “free birth control for all” only covers a small number of women until next year.
The joke of a law won’t cover very many women to start –
ABC News: “…But while the law goes into effect, only a tiny fraction of the 97 million American women between the ages of 18 and 64 will be able to snag any co-pay free contraception today.
First, only women with private insurance plans will be affected. About 65 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 64 – those that are old enough to be adults but too young enough [sic] to qualify for Medicare–have private health insurance which they get from a their employer or pay for out of pocket, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
That means the 19 million women between the ages of 18 and 64 who are uninsured will still have to pay for contraception out of pocket.
The 17 million women on Medicaid also may not feel the effects. Each state gets to decide whether their Medicaid plans will provide at no cost the contraception and seven other women’s health services that are covered under the no-cost-sharing law taking effect today.
While the federal government provides cost incentives for states that drop contraception co-pays for Medicaid enrollees, states are not required to. Some Medicaid programs already provide these services free.
Even for the 57 million women that have private health insurance, if their plan has not changed since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in March 2010, it can be grandfathered in and does not have to adhere to the co-pay free rules…
In a year, everyone will supposedly get their “free birth control. I can’t wait. I will feel so much better knowing that Sandra Fluke and her friends will have no limitations to their extracurricular activities because they can’t afford birth control (which is already offered discounted or for free at Planned Parenthood).