Posts tagged birth control
Posts tagged birth control
United States v. Lee (1982), a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court found requiring an Amish employer to withhold and pay Social Security taxes for his workers was constitutional even though “the Amish faith prohibited participation in governmental support programs.”
Justice Samuel Alito brushed the precedent of Lee aside by dismissing it as a case that did not concern the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but only the Free Exercise clause, so therefore the Court need not consider it. The implication is that pre-RFRA precedent doesn’t matter. And that’s a frightening departure from precedent.
A piece I wrote in March about Hobby Lobby and the contraceptive mandate is featured on xoJane today. Check it out!
"Your boss doesn’t get to dictate what you do with your paycheck, whether it’s buying groceries, donating it all to orphans, or splurging it on hookers and blow.
Your boss might take issue with you buying pork because he’s Jewish, donating it to orphans because she thinks they’re godless, or on the hookers and blow because that’s not very Christian of you. However, your bosses would be ridiculed for thinking they have the right to tail you to make sure you’re spending YOUR money in accordance with their faith, right? There’s not much difference here. Set aside that the insurance is not directly offered by Hobby Lobby, or that they could pay taxes/penalties instead of lawyers and legal fees by kicking everyone onto the exchange, thereby taking away their supposed moral conundrum. Spoiler alert: HEALTH BENEFITS ARE COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LABOR. Why would you think for one second that your boss gets to dictate what you do with your compensation?”
Birth control when they want to invest, abortion when they want to deny access to women.
Never mind that their health plan covered said objectionable contraceptives until 2012, when they chose to file suit against the Affordable Care Act….
I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama
that came from taxes I paid.
Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.
I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!
Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.
"LIES That wasn’t free, my taxes paid for that! Why can’t people just suffer, so our money can go to place I’m not complaining about, like giving money to profitable companies?"
I’m pissed that this has less notes than… well, just about everything. I’ve got a thing about video game console sales figures on my dash that has four times as many as this one. And even that’s not very many notes.
People who spent so much time fighting against the ACA should go jump off of a cliff somewhere.
"that came from taxes I paid"
Yeah. What’s the problem?
Best summary ↑
I pay taxes, too. And I’d like to see those tax dollars go towards providing health care and lowering costs for all.
Homie was too mad. “How dare you get meds off my tax dollars! How dare u!”What’s really going to burn his biscuits is when he realizes the military service members make their money off his and other citizens’ taxes too.
I also got home safely on the highway today, should I be ashamed about it because it was built with taxpayers money? Maybe I should just go flog myself and walk through unpaved wilderness to get from place to place.
Enjoy your “free” drugs. I went from not having to pay for birth control pills (for severe PMS/PMDD symptoms) and on my new insurance plan they’re $100/month and I can’t afford to take them anymore.
So, I know my prescriptions were not “free” — no need for scare quotes, we’ve been over this. However, I addressed this issue with another person who had a similar question regarding insurance not paying for birth control: http://cognitivedissonance.tumblr.com/post/73760814550/hi-i-was-directed-to-you-to-ask-a-question-about-the
Maybe it could be of some help to you.
Most forms of birth control under the Affordable Care Act and private insurers are free. However, there’s fine print — just like with anything else. According to information from Planned Parenthood, health insurance plan providers are allowed to limit the coverage to certain generics and require co-pays and payments for brand names. It looks like United Health Care is one such company. This covered drug list from 2013 lists only generic hormonal contraceptives [pdf]. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay some or all of the cost according to a tiered payment schedule, according to their most recent 2012 release [pdf].
Here’s their explanation, from the pdf above:
Contraceptives on our Preventive Care Medication List are covered at 100 percent when age- and gender-appropriate, prescribed by a health care professional and filled at a network pharmacy.
If you’ve filled at the same pharmacy, it’s probably in-network, but you can check on that as well.
If the plan your father has is a high deductible plan, the plan will require members to pay full price until the deductible is reached for non-covered contraceptives (read: likely not generic). Here’s more information from their site [pdf]:
For employers who currently offer a high-deductible or consumer-driven health (CDH) plan, the same contraceptives on the Preventive Care Medication List will be available at no cost to employees. However, for CDH plans, if members desire a contraceptive not on this list, they will need to pay the full cost of the product until they reach the plan deductible.
The other issue is that if the pharmacy does not have a new number for the plan or was unable to verify coverage, you may have been charged the cash price. In that case, the pharmacy tech should let you know, although they may not have mentioned it. Check your receipt. Typically, it’ll say how much insurance saved, like this:
If there’s nothing there, you probably got charged the cash price. While I can’t tell you what specifically went wrong, the tl;dr answer to your question is overall, no. The ACA will not affect your ability to get birth control for free, it can increase the chances you can get it for free, HOWEVER, your plan has the right to limit to only generic types of birth control. But, they can’t refuse to cover it entirely.
Also, if you’re taking a certain type for health reasons, and you’ve found that only this one certain type of birth control works for you and it’s only available in the brand, you can appeal to your insurance company and your doctor might be able to call them in order to get it approved for you at little to no cost. You’ll probably need to give them a call anyhow, but this should give you a place to start.
I hope this helps!
Dear Wheaton College,
This is you:
This is my brain:
Why? Because the stupid literally hurts. You’d think this is something your lawyers would check on before going all religious martyr for the cause in court…
You’d think that.
Wyoming’s own professional creeper, Foster Friess, making an offhand comment to NBC News after a group of women gave him directions in the lobby of a hotel in Aspen, Colo. Seriously. Here’s the context:
NBC News intersected Friess as he walked with other donors from the lobby of an Aspen hotel to a nearby restaurant. He wore a white straw-style cowboy hat and paused to ask directions of locals. A group of women pointed him in the right direction. ’Women are God’s most beautiful creatures,’ he said as they walked away. ‘After the white-tailed deer and the swan.’ Friess was scheduled to meet on Wednesday afternoon with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, to whom he said he would write a check.”
In summary, one of the largest donors to the GOP thinks women are “creatures” versus big, burly menfolks, and slightly below white-tailed deer and swans. Probably because we’re big ol’ sluts, amirite?! At least according to Foster.
In my day, also known as the present, women are free to use contraception and have sex. Or not. If you can’t handle that, perhaps you should stick an aspirin between your teeth and hold it there. It’ll keep you from staying stupid shit and it isn’t that costly.
Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa. comparing the birth control coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor.
To Rep. Kelly, evidently the now no to low-cost proper care and maintenance of ladyparts via preventative care is just like that one time thousands died when terrorists crashed airplanes into the Twin Towers. IT’S JUST LIKE THAT YOU GUYS!
These things have one thing in common: Nothing. I didn’t fly a plane into your place of business or home, killing scores of people, just so that I could get yearly gynecological exams and breast cancer screenings counted as things which must covered. Nor did any other person. So no. It’s not like those dates that really will live in infamy.
See, what happened is this thing called “a law” was passed by elected officials in the U.S. House and Senate. Now bear with me here… after that, President Obama (or, as members of your ilk call him, that Kenya Muslim Socialist Zombie Nazi) signed the law. Then, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law. It’s not like you didn’t know this was coming, bro.
So no planes. No blitz-attack terrorism. Just government doing its thing.
Now, go find a corner, sit in it, and think about what you’ve said. When you’re ready to be a grown-up, we’ll talk.
I’ve lost most of my faith in humanity.
CNS News is Cybercast News Service, and used to be called the Conservative News Service. It’s run by
Thurston Howell III L. Brent Bozell III, the nephew of William F. Buckley and was the chief fundraiser for Pat Buchanan’s failed presidential bid. He also helped swift-boat John Kerry in 2004. Charming fellow really.
An example of the comments on this article:
RhettButler1: At this time, we have an administration that spits in the face of average and normal Americans. Instead, this administration promotes the agenda of extreme groups like the far left gays, drug dealers/users, illegals and sluts. If you stand back and look at the situation you see the influence of the Ghetto based morals of Obama and his Chicago thugs. Some of you will slam me for this but you know I’m correct. Just look at what happened in Detroit when the Ghetto base gained control. You cannot deny that no matter what you say or what you do. Political theft and corruption destroys civilization…
bsfurg: If the American had any brains they wouldnt have gotton pregant in the first place and the pills dont cost that much any way.. it was pure lax of taking responsibilty for the women.. so lets just see if thies takes c are of Aborting.. three should be any more abortions now that the Women of the USA have free sex… sorry i meant pills..
Hey, do you guys remember that one time that Jesus saw Mary Magdalene, and she came up to him, and he was all like, “Yea, I say unto you, be gone slut!” Then he and the apostles had this big dinner right before he got killed, and he looked around and said, “For this is one big room, full of bad bitches, and it is good.”
Is my memory flawed? Must be too much CNS News.
Rebloggable by request:
I’m visiting my dad and he’s insisting Obama starting the federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Help!
Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:
Nope. Thank this guy:
That would be Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. Planned Parenthood’s federal funding was started by Nixon under Title X. Here’s his statement on it:
"I called for a national commitment to provide adequate family planning services within the next 5 years to all those who want them but cannot afford them. It was clear that the domestic family planning services supported by the Federal Government were not adequate to provide information and services to all who want them on a voluntary basis.
To implement this national commitment, I asked for expanded research in contraceptive development and the behavioral sciences, reorganization of family planning service activities within the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, and legislation which would help the Department to implement this important program by providing broader and more precise legislative authority and a clearer source of financial support. The National Center for Family Planning Services was established in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare shortly after my message.
The bill before me today, the “Family Planning Services and Population Research Act of 1970,” completes the legislation I requested in my message on population. This measure provides for expanded research, training of manpower, and increased family planning services. In addition, it provides for the development of family planning and population growth information and education.
It is noteworthy that this landmark legislation on family planning and population has had strong bipartisan support.”
See, back in the day, the Republican Party was much less against contraception and family planning than they are now. Let me repeat that: Republicans in 1970 were more supportive of welfare, contraception, and access to both than they are now. Tell your dad “citation needed, bro.”
Bonus points! Here’s why public funding of contraception is important from the nonpartisan Guttmacher Institute:
• Publicly funded family planning services help women to avoid pregnancies they do not want and to plan pregnancies they do. In 2006, these services helped women avoid 1.94 million unintended pregnancies, which would likely have resulted in about 860,000 unintended births and 810,000 abortions.
• Contraceptive services provided at publicly funded clinics helped prevent 1.48 million of these unintended pregnancies; the remaining 450,000 unintended pregnancies were prevented among Medicaid enrollees who received publicly funded contraceptive services from private physicians.
• Without publicly funded family planning services, the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions occurring in the United States would be nearly two-thirds higher among women overall and among teens; the number of unintended pregnancies among poor women would nearly double.
• Contraceptive services provided at Title X-supported centers helped prevent 973,000 unintended pregnancies in 2008, which would likely have resulted in 432,600 unintended births and 406,200 abortions.
• The services provided at publicly funded clinics saved the federal and state governments an estimated $5.1 billion in 2008; services provided at Title X–supported clinics accounted for $3.4 billion of that total.
• In other words, nationally, every $1.00 invested in helping women avoid pregnancies they did not want to have saved $3.74 in Medicaid expenditures that otherwise would have been needed.
Tell your dad to email me. He sounds interesting.
Eric Fehrnstrom, Mitt Romney’s senior campaign adviser, claiming issues like contraception coverage and abortion rights, were “shiny objects” being used to distract voters.
Not a social issues election?
You can’t fire up the culture wars as an entire party and then have the nominee’s spokesman trot out to the Sunday morning shows and say, “Lulz, j/k!” when you’re losing said war.
Women’s rights and reproductive rights are “shiny objects” and nothing more?
Remember this in November. Remember, if you give a damn about women’s rights, access to contraception, and reproductive rights in general, the Romney campaign thinks you’re being distracted by shiny objects.
Oh, and access to contraception and reproductive health services is very much tied to the economy thankyouverymuch.
Well, there you have it. From Gallup:
"Eighty-two percent of U.S. Catholics say birth control is morally acceptable, nearing the 89% of all Americans and 90% of non-Catholics who agree. The level of acceptability on this issue is far greater than that of the other 17 issues Gallup asked about this year."
On moral issues surveyed by Gallup, it’s the most acceptable. Of Republicans, 87% give birth control the a-OK, along with 89% of Independents, 90% of Democrats, and even 82% of Catholics. Basically, this is an issue 82%-90% of Americans agree on, yet the Catholic bishops, with their GOP backup dancers, are trying to convince us 100% of Americans are JUST OUTRAGED.
On a side note, taxpayers DID pay for my birth control once upon a time. It was when I was in the U.S. military on active duty. So thanks for the birth control, folks. I’m stoked to still be childless.
Want to read more? Here’s the link: http://www.gallup.com/poll/154799/Americans-Including-Catholics-Say-Birth-Control-Morally.aspx
If you heard about the lawsuit filed by 43 religious organizations in regards to providing insurance that covers contraceptives, you’ve probably heard the intellectually dishonest point that the church isn’t trying to shove religious beliefs down people’s throats. Honest!
Well, that shit is nothing new. Arguments against providing said coverage were rejected eight years ago by the California Supreme Court, and there’s little indication the federal court would act differently. The court wrote:
The [law] serves the compelling state interest of eliminating gender discrimination. Evidence before the Legislature showed that women during their reproductive years spent as much as 68 percent more than men in out-of-pocket health care costs, due in part to the cost of prescription contraceptives and the various costs of unintended pregnancies, including health risks, premature deliveries and increased neonatal care. Assembly, Senate and legislative staff analyses of the bills that became the [birth control law] consistently identify the elimination of this economic inequity as the bills’ principal object…
Strongly enhancing the state’s interest is the circumstance that any exemption from the WCEA sacrifices the affected women’s interest in receiving equitable treatment with respect to health benefits. We are unaware of any decision in which this court, or the United States Supreme Court, has exempted a religious objector from the operation of a neutral, generally applicable law despite the recognition that the requested exemption would detrimentally affect the rights of third parties… [I]n rejecting a religious employer’s challenge to a law requiring him to pay Social Security and unemployment taxes for his employees, the [Supreme C]ourt wrote that “[g]ranting an exemption from social security taxes to an employer operates to impose the employer’s religious faith on the employees.”
As ThinkProgress notes, the only justice to vote in favor of striking down the contraceptive coverage mandate in California previously compared liberalism to “slavery” and social security to a “socialist revolution.”
Oh, and before anyone howls about “liberal California,” all six justices on California’s Supreme Court were Republican.
Rick Santorum totally doesn’t want to talk about contraception. It’s the media’s fault, remember? Tom Tomorrow sums up Santorum’s points nicely.
Miss this? Pretty sure it’s what the anon in the previous post was discussing:
Led by Stephanie Sanders of The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University, the researchers pulled together 16 years of research on condom errors and failures going back to 1995. They found 50 studies from 14 countries, though western nations such as the United States and the United Kingdom predominated. The studies involved diverse groups of participants, from married individuals to sex workers to college students; as such, there were a range of condom use-error rates.
An analysis of all 50 studies found a laundry list of reported errors in condom use. For example, between 17 percent and 51.1 percent of people queried in the studies said they’d put on a condom partway through intercourse — negating any disease-controlling benefits, since fluids are exchanged throughout intercourse not just during ejaculation. Other studies found that between 1.5 percent and 24.8 percent of sexual experiences involved putting a condom on too late in the process of intercourse.
Here’s a helpful video:
If you’re not sure what method of birth control is right for you, here’s some helpful resources from Planned Parenthood compiled into one huge chart. See these short and sweet instructions from hndwrttn as well.
Yet another reason defunding Planned Parenthood is a bad idea. Oh, and yes, Gov. Nikki Haley. Though you claim women don’t care about birth control because the economy, etc. is more important than reproductive health care, women DO care about birth control. Everyone should — at the very least, care enough to know you and your partner are using your method correctly if either you wishes to not be pregnant and STD-free. An unplanned pregnancy, otherwise known as a case of the babies, can be a huge disruption to your personal economy. Same with an STD.
So pass this info on. You never know who might need it.