It frustrates me how people not of the age yet to vote are making posts/statues about how things like birth control and women’s rights “won’t get the economy rolling again.”
Because you can’t care about both at the same time, amirite? Because reproductive health care and women’s equality aren’t…
I get sick of hearing the “YOU CARE ABOUT X WHAT ABOUT Y????” as if people can’t care about one thing at a time.
I even heard it a lot from grown ass adults. It’s fucking maddening!
But, here’s the thing, access to birth control and keeping reproductive rights open DOES help the economy.
People are able to plan WHEN to have families with access to birth control and abortion services. This removes a burden on taxpayers because people who can’t afford to have children, won’t until they are more financially stable. We already know this happens; people are getting married or having children much later than they did even 20 years ago and it’s BECAUSE of birth control and reproductive rights.
That helps taxpayers.
People who can get pregnant and have access to birth control options will also be able to establish their careers without having to worry about being fired for getting pregnant (yet). This not only allows them to start making more money due to promotions and raises but it also allows them to establish a stable career. This is good for families. This is good for unemployment and it strengthens the economy.
People who take birth control and don’t have to worry about a pregnancy can spend the money they would be using for diapers and bottles and prenatal care to invest in the economy, either locally, or in the stock market.
There is not a single thing about birth control access and reproductive rights that DOESN’T benefit the economy. So, even though people with insurance can get it without a copay, conservatives will say that they are paying for it. Even if that WERE true (it’s not. IT’S NOT), they’d be saving billions of dollars for taxpayers by investing in birth control because less children born in poverty means less money being used for social government programs.
There is no good reason to limit access to birth control or keep people in the dark about their reproductive rights.
asensibleheartt submitted: “This was the receipt for my birth control today- the new year of coverage for my insurance started at the first of this month, so this is really exciting! Just thought it was really funny that this happened three days before the election. I mean, I was already voting for Obama, but I feel like this is a sign! ;-)”
Right, cause its the governments job to make sure your medication is free. Because our country has enough money to pay for everyone and we shouldn’t have to accept responsibility of ourselves, that’s the presidents job.
I pay for my birth control because my actions are my responsibility, not tax payers’.
Um the government doesn’t pay for birth control, your insurer does. Comprehension fail.
OH and because accidentally getting pregnant because one cant afford birth control would be “easier” on the government and tax payers than just providing medication.
Reblog for the last two comments.
I work for my health care coverage (that wouldn’t cover me in any way if my birth control failed). That $10 copay for the pill wasn’t a huge deal to me when I had to pay it, but it’s nice not having to worry about it now. For plenty of people, that $10 is a lot, and studies also show that when people have to pick up a pack of pills every month (instead of being able to buy a long-term supply), they’re more likely to stop using the pill. I don’t think the Affordable Care Act helps with that, but it’s something to think about; maybe part of the issue for some people is simply not having that copay ready at the time you need it. Making birth control fully covered by insurance alleviates at least that problem.
Also, as shitty as the experience of getting an IUD was, it was at least a relief to not have to pay a dime when I left the doctor’s office that day because my insurance was finally covering the cost of the device and insertion. If I’d gotten that IUD a year or so ago (like I wanted to), it would have cost me several hundred dollars that I don’t have, thanks to being a college student. More than my $10 a month pill would have cost for the length of time I’ll have the IUD. The Affordable Care Act made the IUD an actual option, which is a huge relief given that I can’t handle hormones. (I got unbearably moody for the year I was using the pill, like some people do… It wasn’t a good scene, and I hated that I only noticed that I got this way when I started the pill after a YEAR of taking it.) I don’t know what I would have done if the copper IUD wasn’t an option for me. It’s taken almost a month, but I’ve noticed my moods have started to level off, and at least when I get distraught now, I’m not crying uncontrollably like I was for the last year whenever I was triggered, and I’m not as easily triggered now, either. To me, that’s a BIG FUCKING DEAL.
Thanks, Obama, for the Affordable Care Act!!!
I was digging around on the (very hard to navigate) website for my insurance company for a number of things today, and FINALLY found this in the FAQ regarding the ACA and birth control:
Under the Affordable Care Act, [redacted] is required to cover certain preventive services at no cost to you when performed by a network provider. Effective August 1, 2012, the following services were added and covered at no cost to the member:
Breastfeeding - comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, as well as access to certain breastfeeding supplies for pregnant and nursing women for one year after delivery.
Contraception – Preferred Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, not including abortifacient drugs. Listed below are the specific contraceptive agents covered at no cost-sharing for [redacted] Health Plan members:
Gildess FE 1.5/30
Gildess FE 1/20
Medroxyprogesterone acetate injection
- Nexplanon (Implanon)
Basically posting because I was curious what the deal was with birth control, and why mine hasn’t been free for the last two times I’ve picked it up- turns out it’s not a free one, but one of those listed is the same type. I’m wondering if that’s been the case for any of my followers as well. I was more than a little surprised there’s a specific list of BC covered for free, and not all approved BC is.
And also, IUDs are finally covered in my plan, so now I can start thinking about that again, and whether or not I want to go ahead and get one or stick with the pill. Hmm…
I know I asked questions about IUDs back in January when I was going to get one, but I have more now that I hadn’t thought about back then, plus I’m pretty OK with the pill now, so I’m wondering if it’s really worth it to make the switch.
If anyone who has experience with an IUD, especially the Mirena, and is willing to give me some info, I’d definitely appreciate a private message (non-anon so I can actually reply privately, please). Not to get all weird about this stuff suddenly, because I think it’s important to talk about these issues to remove stigma, but there are also questions I have regarding sex, and I’d like to grant my boyfriend (and myself, as well) some privacy in that regard.
I had my father get sick when I was 22. And I was poor, alright. And my father had an ulcer, and it exploded and you know all these toxins get in your blood. And basically, my father died, whatever, 50 days after his ulcer. So I had a father get sick while I was poor.
My mother got sick when I was rich. And my mother, you know… I don’t really want to get into it, but my mother was sicker than my father. And my mother’s alive. My mother’s fine, OK? I remember going to the hospital to see my mother and wondering, ‘Was I in the right place?’ Like, this was a hotel. Like it had a concierge, man.
People don’t… if the average person really knew the discrepancy in the health care system, there’d be riots in the streets, OK? They would burn this motherfucker down!”
Chris Rock [video]
Bringing this back, because some people don’t seem to understand that there is a discrepancy in the quality of care among poor, middle-class, and wealthy people, NO MATTER HOW DEBILITATING THEIR RESPECTIVE DISEASES MAY BE.
SWING AND A MISS LET’S TRY THIS SHIT AGAIN
JFC YOU PEOPLE LITERALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND SEX AT ALL
Don’t wanna add any TMI to this right now but… Yessssss…
August 1, 2012: Birth control methods such as the pill and IUDs are fully covered by insurance as of today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
A multitude of other preventative services for women are now also available at no cost, including annual checkups, HPV testing, pap swears, mammograms for women over 40, HIV counseling and domestic violence counseling. Hooray! [photo via Ultraviolet]
And speaking of birth control… OH HAPPY DAY!
Though I’d heard that all of this only goes into effect immediately for NEW plans, and those who are already covered by health insurance may not see the benefits yet. I can’t remember the date, but I feel like Jan 1, 2013 (or maybe even 2014?) was when it becomes mandatory for existing plans. Curious. I’m picking up a refill of my birth control in the next few days so we’ll see if I still have a $10 copay or not. (If not… maybe IUDs will finally be fully covered and I should consider getting one again?)
BUT I COULD BE WRONG. Gonna research this more, this is just what I remember hearing last year.
As great as this is, I’m once again reminded of the sad truth that Jon Stewart — a comedian — is doing the media’s job better than the media itself.
The Young Turks did a thing on this too. Americans are OVERWHELMINGLY in favor of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act; it’s just that Fox News and a $235 million attack ad campaign from the GOP have made people think Obamacare is scary and bad.
Why is it so hard for mainstream media companies to criticize Romney? And every lying Republican who says stupid untrue shit? Ugh. Journalism rage.