Obama Administration Increases Health Insurance Costs

The headline is all about the free candy: Women’s contraceptives must be fully covered soon. Lots of free candy:

The Obama administration issued new standards on Monday that require health insurance plans to cover all government-approved contraceptives for women, without co-payments or other charges.

The standards, which also guarantee full coverage of other preventive services for women, follow recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences and grew out of the new health care law.

The article gives proper talking points about who will get the free candy and why free candy is good:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said, “These guidelines will save countless dollars and lives, and send a hugely powerful message about the importance of women’s preventive health care.”

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., also praised the requirements, saying they would “ensure that women have increased access to the services they need to be healthy.”

Christers oppose it:

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and conservative groups, including the Family Research Council, oppose any requirement for coverage of contraceptives.

If enough people don’t take free candy, the federal government will spend money creating and running ads and marketing to shout “FREE CANDY!!!!”:

Researchers have found that people who have coverage of preventive services, under Medicare or private insurance, use them much less than recommended. Federal officials said they would try to promote their use by publicizing the fact that wider, cost-free coverage is now available.

The article explains how this mandate will be funded:


Allow me to ‘splain: Health insurance premiums will go up so insurance companies can buy the candy that Sugar Daddy Sam mandates that health insurance providers give to you at no cost to you.

Evil insurance companies will arbitrarily raise your monthly bills. Because they’re evil. And the saintly unelected boards in Washington, D.C., are good. QED.

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