The “free birth control” aspect of the laws known as “Obamacare” went into effect today, and many GOP lawmakers are up in arms about what they see as an attack on religious freedom.
The “free birth control” part of Obamacare isn’t really free — it just makes aspects of women’s healthcare, which also includes certain necessary diagnostics as well as necessary preventive care for female-only health concerns.
In the past, the medical cost of being a woman could be, just depending on your insurance company, far higher. But thanks to Obamacare and its regulatory aspects, women can enjoy comprehensive coverage including some birth control methods available only by prescription that can be costly depending on pharmacy and region.
Naturally, Republicans think it’s like 9/11 all over again. Think I’m kidding?
Yes, September 11th — probably the worst day in living memory for many of us New Yorkers, a day when we watched our friends and relatives perish in an inferno live on television, a day when we no longer knew if America was safe, and a day that heralded in two long wars and countless deaths in the wake of the attack. Just like women having no co-pays on their NuvaRings.
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) made the shockingly insensitive comments, comparing the deaths of three thousand Americans to women being able to affordably access birth control. Kelly said:
“I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that’s Pearl Harbor day. The other is September 11th, and that’s the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.”
Rep. Mike Kelly – way to trivialize a terrible terrorist attack. Please kindly resign your position, you are an awful human being.
— Baron von Durgen (@Durgen77) August 1, 2012
Do you agree with Rep. Kelly’s 9/11 comparison, or does the comment use the tragic events of the worst terrorist attack in our history to promote a spurious political concept?