There is No Such Thing as Free Birth Control

There may be birth control you don’t have to pay for, but that doesn’t mean it costs nothing.  It must be researched, produced, tested, packaged, marketed and shipped, and all those verbs cost money.

Oh, but that’s no big, right?  Just make institutions like companies and schools pay for it.  They have lots of money.  They can afford it.  Yeah, okay, MAYBE they can.  But even an institution with LOTS of money only has a finite amount, and if the people who get to decide these things decide to spend it on something else (like, perhaps, cancer screenings, or medications for people with terrible diseases – you know, things actually related to health) than on pregnancy-prevention, is that really the worst thing in the Universe?

Or, what if, said institution is affiliated with the Catholic Church and doesn’t want to provide birth control because, you know, it’s affiliated with the Catholic Church?  OH GOD THE WORLD WILL END ALL THE WOMEN WILL DIE LET’S FREAK THE FUCK OUT.

Here’s a concept: picture a world in which you have choices for your healthcare.  A place where your health insurance isn’t decided for you by your boss or administrators.  A place where insurance companies, who want your  money, design packages that fit various types of incomes and lifestyles.  In this world, thanks to competition, you can actually afford coverage as an individual or family.

Well, that sounds nice, Conservative Werewolf, but it just isn’t possible because greed evil corporations capitalist top hats etc.

Okay, here’s some news: we don’t have a free-market in health insurance and we haven’t since… well, at least the 40s.  And the reason health insurance is so strongly tied to employment?  Government interference in the market.

So, even more than a First Amendment issue, this attempt to force institutions to pay for particular products is an economic issue – and, in order to make any progress in this debate, we should focus on it as such.

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One Response to “There is No Such Thing as Free Birth Control”

  1. […] to accept them, and not judge them, and PROVIDE THEM WITH BIRTH CONTROL.  Yeah, we need to work on health insurance in this country, but no one has a right to free birth control.  That idea is just silly.  We […]

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