Mark Greene wants to bust some birth control myths, once and for all.
Recently Ms. Sandra Fluke advocated for women’s birth control before a house committee igniting a national furor over the issue. In the days that have followed three myths have been propagated across the internet regarding the implications of Ms. Flukes testimony.
Myth #1) Ms. Fluke wants somebody else to pay for her contraception
No. Ms. Fluke is not asking for other people to pay for her birth control, any more than others might want somebody else to pay for their allergy pills.
What any of us want is for the services we value to be part of our health coverage. As we are paying into a risk pool, we would like for our preferred preventative care to be covered. By speaking out, Ms. Fluke wants to encourage all of us to arrive at a public consensus that says birth control is considered of value to enough people (NOT 100%) but enough people that it is included in the coverage she has.
Myth #2) Adding birth control to an insurance plan drives up costs for everyone
Myth #3) Obama’s Recent HHS mandate will force religious organizations who oppose birth control on religious grounds to provide it
No. Obama’s HHS mandate, which was revised in February, provides an exclusion for all faith-based organizations — not just houses of worship but also hospitals and universities — from covering employees’ contraception costs.