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Will Obamacare Cover Birth Control?

Planned Parenthood hopes to get "no-cost birth control in the bill."

10:35 PM, Jun 1, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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As further evidence of how politicized health care would become under Obamacare, Politico reports that Planned Parenthood is pushing for a national mandate that insurers must provide free birth control.  Over the objections of those who think that Americans should be free to seek out health plans consistent with their own moral or religious beliefs, or the dictates of their own conscience, Planned Parenthood (a backer of Obamacare) is launching lobbying efforts aimed at "getting no-cost birth control in the bill," as it seeks to persuade Obama administration officials to rule that Obamacare requires private insurers to provide birth control -- and to do so free of any co-pays or out-of-pocket costs.  (Costs would instead be passed along through slightly higher premiums.)  Meanwhile, a coalition including the Center for Reproductive Rights is seeking to find justification to extend this mandate to include free emergency "contraception" as well.

Will Obamacare Cover Birth Control?

Somewhat amusingly, Politico writes, "Planned Parenthood has other plans in the works, too. It might soon tap young adults, particularly those who have had their dependent coverage extended up to age 26 [by Obamacare], who are curious about what benefits they will receive. 'Certainly, we have a very large, grass-roots organization interested in making an impact,' [Laurie] Rubiner [Planned Parenthood’s vice president of public policy] said."  Politico adds, "College campuses, too, could be fruitful territory..."

If nothing else, you've got to give them credit for seeking out new and creative reasons for people to back Obamacare:  Sure, it would raise health costs and deficits, expand the powers of the federal government to heretofore unthinkable levels, and reduce the quality of American medicine.  But, on the other hand, insurers would be required to give those up to the age of 26 free birth control as part of their parents' insurance policy.

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