Near-Universal Contraception Coverage Approved

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Near-Universal Contraception Coverage Approved
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 2:14pm

Seems like this would be a good thing. More contraception = less abortion, less people who can't afford - or don't want - babies actually having them.

"Today, in a huge victory for women’s health, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that most employers will be required to cover contraception in their health plans, along with other preventive services, with no cost-sharing such as co-pays or deductibles. This means that after years of trying to get birth control covered to the same extent that health plans cover Viagra, our country will finally have nearly universal coverage of contraception."

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/01/20/407994/obama-administration-approves-rule-that-guarantees-near-universal-contraceptive-coverage/?mobile=nc

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Registered: 03-02-2009
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 10:19pm
iluvkrat wrote:
When companies are discriminating against a group of people based on their gender, the government has every right to step in. All women have the right to health care and access to contraception from their insurance companies.

What discrimination?

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 04-09-2011
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 10:26pm

It's not about who has what right, it's about the federal government over stepping their authority.

And who are you talking about, anyway? the right who has to make sure women have access to contraception? The government? The private company? And since when do women not have access to conraception if their healthcare doesn't cover it? Do they have access to food without coverage?

What overstepping of authority? DOMA banned federal recognition of same sex marriage - using your overstepping reasoning, by what constitutional authority is this valid?

The policy discriminated against women, not to mention it is flat out dumb as societal encouragement. Would you rather have more unwanted pregnancy, or easy access to and cheap contraception?

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Registered: 03-02-2009
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 10:28pm
nellewrites wrote:

You are aware that insurance coverage is generally regulated, as well as exists in an environment of case law, right?

You'd be hard pressed to find an industry that is not regulated, so that's a pretty safe statement. Doesn't really apply to my point, anyway.

Yes, government gets involved. What happens when it isn't involved? See housing market, credit default swaps.

What happens when government IS involed?

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 11:10pm
It's fascinating how there are no restrictions in health coverage by insurance companies for anything relating to men's health issues, but there are with some insurance plans for women and their health issues. That's discrimination.
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Registered: 04-09-2011
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 11:19pm

You'd be hard pressed to find an industry that is not regulated, so that's a pretty safe statement. Doesn't really apply to my point, anyway.

Of course it does. Insurance coverage tends to have standard provisions, and one very good reason is for legal purposes, tested case law, precedent. Property and casualty insurance has a sharp cyclical pattern, and the volatility harms our economy. It isn't pronounced in life and health, but the consequences for health are such heavy regulation is necessary.

What happens when government IS involed?

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Registered: 04-09-2011
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 11:20pm

It sure is. Over a decade later, and I remain astounded they jumped right on covering viagra.

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Registered: 11-10-2006
Mon, 01-23-2012 - 12:42am
Is there any actual data to support the claim that more insurances cover Viagra than bcp?

 


 


 


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Registered: 02-28-2008
Mon, 01-23-2012 - 2:48am

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Registered: 02-28-2008
Mon, 01-23-2012 - 2:50am

gee the discrimination

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Registered: 02-28-2008
Mon, 01-23-2012 - 3:01am

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