A proposal to include birth control in most health insurance plans is catching the country by storm, or rather, most conservative groups by storm, in a hotly contested debate on the subject. The Washington Post ran the story here. THe comments are entertaining to say the least.
But let’s try to put it into perspective. Is this a bad idea? no, it would make contraception available to all women if they so choose. And no, this is not a case of, “only women who have frequent and risky sexual appetites,” need birth control, as some conservative like to put it.
Birth control isn’t a method to enable harmful lifestyles, yet it does not go hand in hand with this behavior either.
But can the country afford it? For the most part even our neighbors to the north Canada pay for their contraceptives even though they have ‘universal’ healthcare.