While Democrats on Capitol Hill were celebrating a new Obamacare contraception provision, Republicans were calling again to repeal the landmark health reform law.
The new rule goes into effect Wednesday that will require employers to cover contraception without a co-pay, among other things, all affecting women.
HHS Secretary appeared with Senate Democratic women on Capitol Hill and declared August 1st a "new day for women's health in America."
"No woman should have to choose between seeing her doctor and putting food on the table for her family," Sebelius said. "And now many women won't have to make that difficult choice any longer."
I didn't realize that the no copay for birth control extended to all women regardless of ability to pay until last week I reordered my own oral contraceptives and was charged no copay. I called my insurance company to ask about it and was told it was because of the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Though the law went into effect last year, for some reason this was the first time my insurer didn't ask me for a copay for the medication.
I'm really split on this. I can afford the $25 copay every three months for my birth control. Though I cannot afford to fix everything in my house, I have never had to make the choice between putting food on the table or seeing a doctor as Kathleen Sebelius is quoted as saying. I certainly would hope that a woman who really couldn't afford the $100 and change a year for birth control could get theirs for free but I feel I don't need this benefit. In fact, having health insurance in itself seems to make a person privileged these days.
I feel that this part of the law wastes money. Is there something I'm missing? I would certainly like free mammograms and other health screenings for women who can't afford it............the problem is, those that really can't afford it are the type who don't have health insurance anyway.
I'd prefer the benefit to be income based.
What do you all think?