Proving once again that the real target of the anti-abortion folks is contraception and that their talk about the free market is bullshit, Ohio Republicans are trying to pass a bill that would prevent insurance companies from covering the most effective form of contraception.
The first hearing for House Bill 351, sponsored by Cincinnati Republican Rep. John Becker, was held yesterday. At the hearing, Becker said insurance plans should be barred from covering IUDs because preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg—which IUDs could theoretically do, though they primarily work by preventing sperm from getting to that egg in the first place—could be considered abortion.
“This is just a personal view. I’m not a medical doctor,” he added.
Sound policy reasoning there, Rep! Becker also acknowledged the wording of the bill could be interpreted to ban coverage of birth control pills, too, but he hadn’t intended it that way. He’s not a medical doctor, remember, just someone trying to play one with the weight of the state behind him.
Under H.B. 351, all insurance plans in Ohio would be barred from offering abortion coverage. This isn’t a ban on “taxpayer funded abortions” we’re talking about—it’s an explicit restriction on the kinds of legal services that private insurance companies (and by extension, employers who offer health plans) can offer. Conservatives decry this sort of thing vociferously when it’s Obama making every insurance company and employer cover certain services.
In addition to the abortion coverage ban, H.B. 351 would prohibit public employee insurance plans and Medicaid from covering IUDs, one of the safest, most effective, most cost-effective, and longest-lasting form of contraception.
They love the free market and hate government interference with corporate decisions…except when they don’t. They demand smaller government…except when they don’t. And any claim that their goal is to reduce abortions is nonsense. If they wanted to reduce abortions, they wouldn’t be trying to limit access to the most effective forms of contraception.
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