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Ear to the Ground

Health Care Bill Might Make ‘the Pill’ Free

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Posted on Nov 1, 2010
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Catholic groups are less than thrilled at the prospect that Uncle Sam might get into the contraception business. Nonetheless, a panel set to convene this month could decide that preventing unwanted pregnancies qualifies as the kind of complementary preventive care for women required by Obamacare.

AP via SFGate:

Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the United States, thanks to the new health care law.

A panel of experts advising the government meets this month to begin considering what kind of preventive care for women should be covered at no cost to the patient, as required under President Obama’s overhaul.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the Democrat who is author of the women’s health amendment, says the clear intent was to include family planning.

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By Jeff_a_Guy, November 5, 2010 at 3:01 am Link to this comment
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Rico:
They are’t, it’s simply going to help pay for it, or
however this silly bill works.

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By cani, November 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment
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Wow sorry to say it but call yourselves a developed country?  I love the NHS!

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By Steve, November 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment
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Big deal - we’ve had the pill on the NHS for decades here. Nice to see the US are at least starting to catch up.

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By rico, suave, November 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment

purple:

That was obviously a well thought out post. But really now, what the HELL is the Federal Government doing in the contraception business in the first place???

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By SarcastiCanuck, November 2, 2010 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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How the hell are we supposed to get quality reality t.v. like ‘Teenage Mom’,when the government is doling out free contraception.Blasphemy I say.

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By Queenie, November 1, 2010 at 11:36 pm Link to this comment

Oh boy. Watch the loony right-wingers heads explode over this one. For a time they screamed about the death panels. Now we will have to listen to the crazies about OHMYGOD forced sterilization!! I can just hear Beck now.

Oh the humanity!

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By purplewolf, November 1, 2010 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment

So the U.S. catholic bishops are practicing medicine without a license now too. Birth control is part of health care for women. These old white men, who will never get pregnant nor give birth, should have no say what so ever as to what and if women use birth control at all. Especially since all women are not catholic.

These old religious old farts fail to look at the whole picture of the individual woman and what her health is during her child bearing years. There are medical reasons for women to space children rather than keep them into a constant state of pregnancy. It takes the human body 4 years to recuperate from just one pregnancy before starting a second one. Sure, there are breeders like Michell Duggar, who are almost always in some stage of pregnancy and produce an average of 1+ children per year. Just because it can be done does not mean that is is healthy for the child or the mother. 

Also children need their individual time to be nurtured which is about 4 years also. Every child should be a wanted child and this is also another major fact that is ignored by those who feel they have the right to control womans reproduction. Also the planet is over populated now. Ever hear the comment of “less is more.” And we should try to achieve quality people over quantity. The more there are, the less chance all of those children will be healthy as resources will keep being thinned down to try to give all a portion. Similar to the women in Africa and other developing countries I have studied during the 60-70’s. Women would often have 10+ children, losing most to starvation and lack of medicine, clean drinking water and shelter, claiming that all a woman has to call her own are her children, so she continues to keep having babies she knows will most likely perish instead of having 1-2 children who would have enough food, medicine and other needed resources that would most likely survive.

Income, jobs, housing, number of current children a person has, the medical and mental state of the potential parents, the stability of the relationship if married or with a partner and hundreds of other things should be considered when planning out the future birth of a child. And yes, future babies should be planned for as it gives them a better start in life over those who are unplanned, unwanted and unexpected. Too often pregnancy is an accident,often leaving unprepared people/person left to deal with a baby in a few months. Everyday in my local newspaper there is a column, usually comedy based that has a section called “Need has a Face,” where many social service workers are asking the community for the bare basics for mostly women and several children who have a “new” baby and have no beds, dishes, baby clothes and these are mostly women who have other older children, so one would think that they would have some baby items, but sadly many do not even have clothing to bring a new baby home from the hospital and yet these catholic rules don’t want women to have birth control pills, let alone free ones.

Wonder when the insurance companies will try to force the population to carry this type of insurance coverage to scalp more money from the people. They can call it accident pregnancy prevention coverage, and bet they will deny most the claims they would receive also.

Let these rich old bishops help pay for all the needs of all the unwanted babies they feel we all should have. They would change their minds real quick about birth control restrictions.

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