Perhaps I missed the point.

In all the hullabaloo about (1) requiring religious organizations to purchase insurance plans that cover contraceptives, (2) requiring insurance companies to cover contraceptives in the insurance plans that they provide to religious organizations– which is, like, completely different from Item 1– (3) whether a particular Presidential candidate would attempt to ban contraceptives, (4) whether a particular political party would attempt to ban contraceptives, (5) whether it makes economic sense for a company to insure contraceptives, (6) whether contraceptives provide enough positive externalities to warrant government subsidization, (7) whether men are trying to control women’s reproductive rights, (8) whether women should try to control men’s reproductive rights, (9) the terminology used by a particular conservative talk show host to describe a particular woman promoting items 1 and 2 above, (10) the subsequent boycotts and loss of sponsors in response to item 9, (11) the terminology used by various liberal commentators to describe various conservative women, (12) the subsequent boycotts and cancellations of cable subscriptions and cancellations of talk show appearances in response to item 11, (13) the withdrawal of a particular comedian from hosting the Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, few have addressed what I think is the most important question in the matter.

Why can’t I create an insurance company that doesn’t cover contraceptives? If I start such a company, why am I a criminal? Why should I be fined or imprisoned?

4 comments

  1. I feel like it’s a lot of the same people creating this hullabaloo who question why health insurance is so expensive and implore the federal government to provide easier access to it. Well, here’s part of the reason…

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  2. “Why can’t I create an insurance company that doesn’t cover contraceptives? If I start such a company, why am I a criminal? Why should I be fined or imprisoned?”

    1. Obamacare requires that insurance companies pay for preventative services without charging a co-pay.
    2. What is defined as a “preventative service” was left to HHS.
    3. HHS decided that oral contraception was a preventative service not only because of the obvious reasons, but because it is a treatment for PCOS, irregular periods, painful periods, etc.

    But of course you knew that.

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  3. All this points to one final conclusion: Everyone migrate to the one state that theoretically can leave the union at any time and…wait for it…leave the union. And if the United States of America, we show them why we don’t mess with Texas

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