Wednesday, March 7, 2012 9:54
Kathleen Sebelius belives that reducing pregnancies will reduce health care cost (You can read more info at Life News). Unfortunately, what she fails to mention is that the contraceptive mandate will actually increase insurance cost.
Obamacare and the contraceptive mandate will make ALL FDA approved forms of contraception free. This isn’t just generics, but includes the most expensive drugs and there is no cost containment. Of course, nothing is free, the cost is passed down to the insurance companies who then send it on to the employers and that that will eventually affect yours and mines paycheck.
The Atlantic put it best when they stated:
Insurance, traditionally defined, is meant to protect us from the risk of unexpectedly incurring catastrophic costs. Car insurance, for example, protects us against collisions, but doesn’t cover our purchase of wiper fluid or gasoline. Homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover the cost of air conditioning. And yet, now, we have a federal law that forces health insurance to cover something that is even cheaper than gasoline or air conditioning.
It’s this perversion of the term “insurance” that helps highlight the weirdness of Democrats accusing Republicans of wanting to “ban” contraception. If a politician were to oppose a mandate forcing insurers to pay for gasoline or air conditioning, would he then be supporting a “ban” of these products?
The contraception contretemps is a case study in how thoughtless laws and policies drive up the cost of health care, making it less accessible to those who are most in need. The path to truly affordable health care involves moving in exactly the opposite direction: restoring the notion that health insurance is meant as protection for catastrophic costs, and letting people buy birth-control pills for themselves.
You can read the rest here.
The Daily Beast also has excellent analysis on this as well and that can be read here.