Sigh. GorT has been trying to ignore the Facebook deluge that those opposed to the recent SCOTUS ruling a/k/a the “Hobby Lobby case” are causing. Most recently, GorT came across this post referenced in his timeline by a friend of a friend.
I’m going to take apart some of the “debunking” that MSNBC thinks they are doing.
1. “What’s the big deal? Contraceptives are cheap.” Not many of the most effective ones, which save money over time but have high up-front costs. For example, the IUD, to which Hobby Lobby objects,can cost between $500 and $1,000, including the care surrounding its insertion. The monthly cost of the hormonal pill can be low, but doesn’t make sense for all kinds of women, including those who experience side effects. Under the regulations Hobby Lobby objects to, the out-of-pocket cost for any FDA-approved contraceptive should be zero.
Let me clarify: “under the regulations Hobby Lobby objects to” is the PP-ACA or “Obamacare” that forces a minimum set of coverage by health insurance policies that employers provide or else they pay a
fine tax whatever. By forcing the out-of-pocket cost to zero it means that a person’s contraception practices – in the example above $500 to $1,000 – is spread over the participating members of that insurance plan. Basically stated: other people are paying for their contraception. It doesn’t mean that contraception magically is free. I’m all for coverage of health-related prescriptions of medicine or procedures that happen to be contraceptive in nature.
2. “Anyway, those forms [the ones objected to in the case] of contraception are actually abortifacient.” The baseline question here is whether potentially and intentionally preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg constitutes abortion. That’s not the medical definition of abortion, which is ending a pregnancy. But let’s say your sincerely held belief is that interfering with the implantation of a fertilized egg is tantamount to abortion, as it is for the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood owners. There is very little evidence showing that the objected-to methods – two forms of intrauterine devices and two forms of emergency contraception – even work that way, with the exception of the copper IUD.
I’ll just refer you to our esteemed Doctor’s post for this one.
3. “Even if private employers do agree to the nonprofit accommodation, it’s based on an administrative regulation that can change when the occupant of the White House does.”
Whoa, it sucks when your side is regulating things by Executive Orders and the executive branch and you realize that it might not always be this way. gee, I wonder what kind of precedent is being set here? Can you imagine a Republican President running things this way? I don’t think I can imagine the deluge of Darth Vader, Hitler, and other dictatorial-like memes that will be flying about.
4. “It’s just contraception. It’s not vital health care.”
As I stated above, if there are medical reasons for specific uses, I can understand covering it. But I think that this is (a) the vast minority and (b) for the ones identified by the case in question rarely – if at all – the reason for getting them.
Interestingly, in all the memes that I’ve see out there, I haven’t seen this one:
Wouldn’t you think that the liberals and democrats would want men to take more responsibility when it comes to sex? Why not cover male contraception?
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