This is not the same as affordable birth control. Michael Foran/Flickr
According to Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), today is a day akin to 9/11 and the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. No, really. "I want you to remember Aug. 1, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom," Kelly said at a press conference. "That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates."
Kelly was ranting for the same reason I'm rejoicing—because today is "Free Birth Control Day" in the United States. Today is the day the new mandate requiring health insurers to provide contraception with no co-pay officially goes into effect. And I use the word "free" loosely, since it's not actually free—it's paid for through our premiums, just like other medical services. But once the rule is fully implemented, your out-of-pocket costs for contraception should fall to zero.
Some women won't start benefitting from the new rule until their new plan year begins, which varies by insurer. For me, it kicked in a few months ago, when my insurer agreed to cover the cost of an intrauterine device (IUD) after previously refusing to cover it.
do you need any further proof of the right wing aggression against women? this statement totally devoid of respect for those who lost their lives and their families, this guy alone should be the reason for the right wing T-P rise and fall. women on the right, do you too feel that healthcare for your gender is the same as 3,000 dead Americans, or the lost we endured during the attack on Pearl? or are you real American's and are bent over throwing up your guts?