Obamacare Question: 'Is Birth Control Preventative Medicine?'
11:25 AM, Nov 12, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Obamacare wouldn't go into effect in any meaningful way until 2014, but it's already politicizing health care to a perhaps unprecedented degree. The AP reports that American taxpayers may soon be forced to pay for free -- and likely more expensive -- forms of contraception, as part of Obamacare's funding of "preventive medicine." The AP asks: "But is birth control preventive medicine?"
To say that it is, one has to classify pregnancy as an injury or an illness, which the Obama administration seems to be well on its way to doing: "A panel advising the government will meet 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." Planned Parenthood, a prominent supporter of Democratic campaigns, is pushing this agenda.
Is this really what Americans had in mind when they envisioned health care reform: free birth control, on demand, without co-pays or cost-sharing, financed by tax dollars? Perhaps public funding for Viagra, Botox, and diet pills, all of which are drugs that prevent something -- and something closer to an illness than pregnancy is -- is next. Or perhaps repeal is next.