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Contraceptive mandate

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I would like to know why taxpayers should be required to pay for contraceptives.

We don’t supply diabetics with free insulin or people with heart disease free medications. Millions of people in this country pay thousands of dollars for very expensive medications. Yet, we are supposed to pay for contraceptives, which are reasonably inexpensive.

Interestingly, the Affordable Care Act does not include this requirement. President Obama added it after the act passed, knowing that if had been included in the act, which he has changed since its rollout, the ACA would not have passed.

In the Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court ruled that closely held corporations do not have to pay for contraceptives. It did not say women should be prevented from getting them, but they should pay for them themselves. If they can’t afford them, they can get them through Planned Parenthood or Medicaid. Besides, the president is working on a program to pay for them.

Women insist that employers should stay out of their business, but they make it the business of employers when employers are forced to provide free contraceptives.

Barbara Klein


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