Prescriptions for contraceptives skyrocket under Obamacare

Report issued before Hobby Lobby decision

shutterstock_91104299The following comes from a June 27 story by the McClatchy Washington bureau.

A new report from the Obama administration finds that women saved more than $483 million on prescriptions for oral contraceptives last year, thanks to an Affordable Care Act provision that requires certain medications to be covered at no cost to plan members.

Friday’s report from the Department of Health and Human Services comes as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on the constitutionality of a health law requirement that for-profit corporations cover birth control for women under employee health insurance plans.

The health law allows non-profit religious organizations to forego the coverage if they have religious objections.

But in the so-called “Hobby Lobby” case, for-profit employers are challenging the health law’s contraceptive coverage requirement, saying it violates their rights of religious freedom under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

In the highly anticipated decision, the high court must decide if for-profit corporations have the same rights as non-profit organizations that were formed for religious reasons.

The case was filed by the owners of Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts retailer. The owners mainly object to covering emergency contraceptives, like Plan B, because of their religious beliefs

Friday’s report from HHS shows that the number of prescriptions for oral contraceptives with no co-pays increased by 24.4 million from 2012 to 2013, due mainly to the health law’s zero-cost sharing provisions for certain preventative services, according to a recent report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

The HHS report also estimated that 76 million Americans benefitted from new coverage for expanded preventative services under the health law.

“Today’s findings are just one more indicator that the Affordable Care Act is delivering impact for millions of people nationwide,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. “Seventy-six million is more than just a number. For millions of Americans, it means no longer having to put off a mammogram for an extra year. Or it means catching a problem early enough that it’s treatable.”

To see the HHS report, click here.
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  1. Kristin says:

    Hey Catholics, using birth control is still a mortal sin. MORTAL SIN. Don’t reject the Church’s teaching authority on this issue, read, pray, and accept the truth of it. We are the Church Militant and we must defend truth even if millions of government funded pill swallowers reject it.

  2. And ALL taxpayers get to pay for the chosen sins of some.
    Let them pay for their own sins of contraception.

    Abstain from sex unless married.

  3. HOBBY LOBBY CASE was decided on: June 30, 2014.
    US Supreme Court decision 5–4.
    Obama administration lost; government cannot force closely held corporations to violate their religious freedom.

    • It is a shame when people have to take the OBAMA Administration to Court to uphold their US Constitutional Rights.
      But then no one accused Obama of being lawful.

      US Constitution – Amendment 1
      “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
      or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
      or the right of people to peaceably to assemble,
      and the petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

      It’s too bad that most public schools spend very little time teaching the US Constitution and their own particular State Constitution.
      That is why Obama can get away with breaking the law so much – many people do not know their rights, instead believe his false sound bites, and the sound bites of the people who work for him.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      It was a 5-4 decision. That points out how important the next elections are. Not only do we need to defeat Demonrats, but Republicrats as well!

      May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
      Viva Cristo Rey!
      Yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director
      Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc

      • Bob One says:

        Kenneth, welcome back. Hope you are feeling better. I assume you have not changed your views on anything Catholic.

      • Your Fellow Catholic says:

        Welcome back Mr. Fisher! Many have asked about you and we were all concerned. We pray for your continued health.

  4. SandraD says:

    This report is a scam….think about it……if you stop “charging” for something that costs money to produce…..there’s going to be an “expense” somewhere. It doesn’t mean that “all these poor women” can now afford contraceptives and just started taking them! What a bunch of baloney! If the government gave away soda, the “expense” for that soda would land “somewhere” (tax payers pockets)…..AND it doesn’t mean that I would run out and buy the destable stuff! Even before the Obamacare give-away, women trotted over to PP for affordable contraception–which we (tax payers) have been paying for anyway.

  5. Panthermom says:

    If birth control is a mortal sin then 98 percent of women are sinners.

    • waltnd62 says:

      Since Vatican II…there is no sin…it’s about feelings..we have no sinners…everyone goes to communion on Sunday…confessions on Saturday last only half an hour…WHY…no one sins..NO NEED FOR CONFESSION…BISHOPS won’t allow priests to talk about sin on Sunday Masses..there afraid if the truth be known..they would loose a lot of parishoners..

    • Ann Malley says:

      Sinning mortally, yes, Panthermom if that date is accurate.

    • Kristin says:

      Panthermom, what do you mean “if birth control is a mortal sin”? YES, it is and always has been. Catholics, be clear with this teaching, do not lead others astray because you do not know the Church’s teaching or a dissenter from it. Clarity is important and sin is sin.

    • SandraD says:

      Just because 98 percent are on the Pill doesn’t mean it’s not a sin. Remember, sin is evil even if everyone is doing it……right behavior will always be good even if no one is doing it. God didn’t set up the Commandments for majority rule or anyone’s opinion. Thou shall not kill…..does not mean or say “only on Tuesday”……

    • Panthermom, if you are Catholic read your 1997 – “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition” which all Catholics are required to adhere to.

      Don’t base your eternity (Heaven or Hell) on what you believe the majority are doing. Jesus said that not many will enter Heaven. Lk 23-28; Mt 7:13-14.

      CONTRACEPTION is a MORTAL SIN. Natural Family Planning is not.
      For more info and a complete explanation see: CCC 2368 – 2371, & 2399.

      • Should be: Lk 13:23-28.

      • Bob One says:

        Why do couples use Natural Family Planning, Matt? Surely it is not to limit the number of kids!

        • BobOne, you are not Catholic, or you are a heretic. Why do you defy the CCC in many of your posts ? And post to support your politics over God ”
          There is a huge difference between NFP and the mortal sin of contraception.
          Catholics who are required to limit family size for good reason are to abstain from sexual activity during fertile times.

        • CCC: ” 2370 Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality.
          These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom.
          In contrast, “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil:
          Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory…

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