P and I were discussing the new issue surrounding birth control that has come up in this country lately. I am not up to speed 100% so please forgive me for any inaccuracies that I may state.
My original stance was screw that, insurance should HAVE to pay for birth control. Its the woman's right to use it, why deny that right blah blah blah.
But P brought up a good point. Its not health related. Its to prevent pregnancy which is not a health threat. However, birth control CAN be used for health reasons and to protect from a health threat if pregnancy would be detrimental to that woman's health. And in that case, yes it should be paid for. Let's take this further, why not have insurance companies pay for condoms as well? Condoms prevent STD's and pregnancy which are two "large ticket" items.
Furthermore, insurance companies pay for the most ridiculous things these days like medicine for thicker eye lashes. If those kind of drugs can be paid for, which are not health related, then why shouldn't birth control be paid for? Some insurance companies even pay for cosmetic surgery (not due to loss of say breasts with cancer but for purely cosmetic reasons) and yet people want to stop birth control from being paid for.
In response to the whole Catholic institutions refusing to have insurance pay for birth control, I think it is crazy. I can see both sides though. They are against birth control and therefore should not have to pay for something that is against their beliefs. However, their employees should not have to "suffer" due to their employers beliefs. Whether it is working for a Catholic school or a Catholic boss. Yes the Catholic institution is paying for the insurance premiums, but the insurance company is paying for the drugs. And what about those companies who have their employees contribute to their premiums? Can we deny them access? No.
Its a very hot ticket topic right now and there are people on both sides of the fence who are vehemently passionate about their case. Personally I think we need to worry about other hot topics like say getting people off of unemployment and getting jobs back into the country instead of worrying about paying for birth control. But hey, cosmetic issues are always more important in this country than the real issues.