Friday, June 09, 2017
Republican governors not as Dumb As Trump
And they and their Democratic counterparts show it when they make efforts to repair the damage done by The Tangerine Shitgibbon in his efforts to obliterate any trace of President Obama. The fight to sustain the availability of birth control is just one example.
Nevada is not the only state where birth control is suddenly on the legislative agenda. With the future of the Affordable Care Act — former President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation — in doubt and the Trump administration planning to roll back the act’s mandate that employers cover contraceptives, the battle over birth control is shifting to the states.The Republicans have often stated that the states know better about governing and Tangerine and his minions are discovering that more and more the states are telling them to Fuck Off!
Currently, 28 states have some type of “contraceptive equity” law, aimed at making birth control cheaper and more accessible. Many of those measures — including one in Nevada — were adopted in the late 1990s. The issue has gained urgency with Mr. Trump’s election.
“We are on the cusp of seeing another push, a more aggressive push at the state level to protect affordable access to contraception, just like we saw in the late ’90s when women realized Viagra was getting coverage and birth control wasn’t,” said Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, a New York nonprofit that advocates for reproductive rights.
“The feds can set a floor,” Ms. Miller said. “States can decide to do better.”
Several states are expanding access by requiring insurers to cover a year’s supply of contraceptives at a time, as opposed to the customary three months. In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, last month signed a bill that would do just that, and Colorado’s Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, signed a similar bill this week.
Lawmakers in Massachusetts and New York are also considering “contraceptive equity bills.” In New York, Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general, has proposed far-reaching legislation that would cover all forms of birth control, including vasectomies, without co-pays and at no cost to the patient. (Obamacare does not require insurers to cover vasectomies.) The bill has passed the New York Assembly, but awaits action in the state senate.
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