There have been some truly dumb things said about the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, especially on Fox News, but this one should win some sort of prize. Andrew Napolitano told Megyn Kelly that the act forces insurance to pay for euthanasia. Needless to say, she did not correct him.
As everybody knows, the Affordable Care Act requires anybody that employs 50 or more people to provide health care for them that includes contraceptive services. Contraceptive services means contraception, euthanasia, and abortion.
Um. No. It doesn’t mean that. It doesn’t mean anything even remotely like that. As Amanda Marcotte said in response:
Of course, this is not true. The contraception mandate requires health insurance plans to cover Food and Drug Administration–approved contraception methods. Luckily for us, the FDA provides a handy list of the kinds of contraception methods it officially approves. Needless to say, none of them are euthanasia. Of course, none of them are abortion, either, but that hasn’t stopped conservative commentators from claiming otherwise. So, while you’re just making stuff up, why not go for broke?
How do we scare people into thinking the contraception mandate is particularly evil? We just reach into our handy dandy bag of scary terms and play Wingnut Madlibs. As usual.