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  •  Birth control doesn't actually cost extra (7+ / 0-)

    Any plan that meets federal standards covers pregnancy and birth. You can hand out birth control to around 100 women for free each year for the cost of a single uncomplicated pregnancy and birth.

    That's one of the tings that makes this whole debate surreal. The whole "who's paying" issue is ridiculous. The real question is "who's pocketing the savings?"

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 11:24:12 AM PST

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    •  So it's less a covered service (1+ / 0-)
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      than it's akin to free smoking cessation or subsidized health club membership, on the belief that providing it saves money down the line?

      Does an organization have the right to ask its insurer(s) to not provide birth control, or is this unlawful, per the ACA, which mandates free brith control?

      And if it's the latter, I'm not sure why Obama & Co. don't argue this, from a purely legal (but also moral) pov. Seems like a slam dunk no matter what the Society of Older White Male Hosebags shrieks about.

      Render unto Caesar...

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 11:40:35 AM PST

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