Skip to main content

Michigan state flag
The 'sucks to be you' state.
Nobody could ever have foreseen that Michigan's so-called "rape insurance" bill, mandating that abortions be covered by insurance plans only through specific rider, would end up in no such "riders" actually existing.
“Really?” said [boil on humanity] Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican backer of the law. McMillin said that wasn’t the outcome he intended[, because he is unfathomably stupid]. “But if there was a market there, I’m sure they’d offer it.”

Not so. In fact, the state “opt-out” rider law clashes with provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which outlaws both separate riders and any government subsidy of abortion. Under federal law, insurers cannot offer a rider to a standard, inclusive policy. And the new state law bars insurers from including elective abortion coverage in any policy, on or off the exchange.

Industry experts say the federal and state laws work against each other. The result? The promise of optional coverage is largely a mirage for those not employed by large companies.

Go. Effing. Figure. If you're on a group insurance plan, you can buy a rider because federal law allows riders for group plans, but if you are any other woman in Michigan you are out of luck. They don't exist. There is no "rape insurance" available to you.

As a long aside, now couple that with Michigan Rep. Terri Land, one of the seemingly infinite number of Republican far-righties vying for a more prominent position in the Senate. Rep. Terri Land wants you to know in her advertisements that there is no Republican War on Woman in Michigan because she iz a woman, so case closed. Where does she stand on the whole "that thing our party demanded doesn't actually exist in real life" bit? We don't know, because she ain't talking. We only know that:

Land is vehemently anti-choice. She has stated publicly that she believes abortion should be legal only to save the life of the mother, with no mention of rape, incest, or maternal or fetal health.
So that Michigan women cannot actually get "rape insurance" that would cover an abortion if they are raped does not seem to be something Land will be shedding tears over. Or the rest of the party, for that matter. Call it an unforeseen outcome, please, so that the party can move on to other realms of explaining how big government is bad and how government involvement with private health matters is bad and the Republican Party would never ever do anything to hurt women, and when they do it's just one of those "oops" things that we're sure would be solved "if there was a market there."

These people.

Originally posted to Hunter on Thu May 08, 2014 at 11:21 AM PDT.

Also republished by Motor City Kossacks, This Week in the War on Women, and Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site