A Progressive Victory in the War on Women

Good news -- the Department of Health and Human Services under the direction of Kathleen Sebelius has announced nearly universal coverage of contraception in employer healthcare plans.

Today, in a huge victory for women’s health, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that most employers will be required to cover contraception in their health plans, along with other preventive services, with no cost-sharing such as co-pays or deductibles. This means that after years of trying to get birth control covered to the same extent that health plans cover Viagra, our country will finally have nearly universal coverage of contraception. [...]

Twenty-eight states already require employers, including most religiously affiliated institutions, to cover contraception in their health plans. The only change is that now they must cover the full cost.

The right wing outrage will be palpable, but the joke is on them because this will undoubtedly lead to fewer abortions and fewer unwanted pregnancies. The connection between readily accessible reproductive healthcare and lower abortion rates is something they always neglect to mention while sermonizing the War on Women.

Employers have one year to comply with the new rules.

Just like Bush.

  • i_a_c

    This is big news for low income women who otherwise may not be able to afford birth control. Add this to the long list of Obama progressive achievements.

    As Draxiar put so well:

    Obama. Must. Win.

    The contrast couldn’t be any clearer.

  • muselet

    Religious Right: Evil! Government shouldn’t be interfering in religion! Aaaarrrgh!

    Fetus Fetishists: Evil! Government shouldn’t be promoting ungodly contraception! Aaaarrrgh!

    ProLeft: Evil! Obama should have done this three years ago by executive order! Just like Bush! Aaaarrrgh!

    Sane people: This is excellent news.


  • gescove

    Could the contrast be any sharper? On the one hand, the Administration is ensuring affordable access to contraception. On the other hand, the Republican clown car wants to ban contraception. But both parties are the same! Good grief.

    • Scopedog

      Very true. I wonder if the same people who were caterwauling recently about the morning after pill decision will say anything positive about this.

      …But I think I’ll be married to Anne Hathaway before that ever happens…..