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  •  Something that's not said enough: (29+ / 0-)

    Contraceptives cost a lot less, just in terms of dollars, than pregnancy and childbirth.  Nobody is being forced to 'pay for' something that violates their conscience.  If you run an institution, you offer a health plan, your plan covers contraceptives, and you tell your carrier you want to exclude contraceptives in the future, good chance you premium will go up, not down.

    Dogs are people, but corporations aren't.

    by Greasy Grant on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 09:32:40 AM PST

    •  That is an excellent point that is not brought up (13+ / 0-)

      enough.  But in reality, this debate is not about money, it's about controlling women, demanding that they either reproduce or be celibate.

      Average cost of pregnancy (pre/post natal visits and delivery) about $60,000
      Now if you factor in lost wages for mother (-40% of salary for maternity leave) and the cost of raising a child for the next 18 years comes out to about $1,000,000 over the course of the child's life *not including college tuition

      Average cost of birth control (annually with insurance) $360
      Average cost of birth control (annually without insurance) $720

      It's not even close.

    •  Most insurance pays for non-reversible BC. (6+ / 0-)

      Prescription methods of reversible birth control [BC] are the oral contraceptive, IUD, implant, injectable and diaphragm.

      In traditional indemnity plans [fee-for-service], half do not cover any reversible contraception, and only 15% cover all five prescription methods—the pill, IUD, diaphragm, implant and injectable. While 97% cover prescription drugs, only 33% cover the pill.

      In HMOs,7% of insurance policies cover NO prescription BC, and only 39% cover all five reversible BC methods.

      Nine out of ten plans of all types cover sterilization [vasectomy and tubal ligation], and abortion is covered in 2/3 of all plans.
       Given that 85 out of 100 women who are of reproductive age and who are sexually active become pregnant, it would be informative to know what percentage of plans cover pregnancy and delivery.

      What the ACA does is it requires that prescription contraception be a covered drug, and that it be covered 100%.

      What Mr. Santorum seems to be whining about is that his views are not being tolerated. Well, Mr. Santorum, if that were even close to being the state of affairs in this country, you would have been arrested, tried by the Court of Oyer and Terminer, and you would have been summarily hanged or pressed to death, a la The Salem Witch Trials. It is not your views that are not tolerated. It is your belief that this country should codify your views and use the police power of the state to punish those who don't follow your views - that is what is not tolerated. I hope you have the sense to recognize the difference.

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