Santorum: Birth Control Is Not Something ‘You Need Insurance For’ Because It Costs ‘Just A Few Dollars’

 

Written by Igor Volsky

Rick Santorum told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) yesterday that insurance plans shouldn’t cover contraception services because birth control “costs a few dollars” and is only a “minor expense” for women:

SANTORUM: [I]nterestingly enough, here is what they are forcing them to do — in an insurance policy, they or forcing them to pay for something that costs just a few dollars. Is that what insurance is for? The foundational idea that we have the government tells you that you have to pay for everything as a business. Things that are not really things you need insurance for, and still forcing on something that is not a critical economic need, when you have an economic distress, where you would need insurance. But forcing them even more to do it for minor expenses.

Watch it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Tp_Eblqia0g

In reality, oral contraceptives or “The Pill” range between $35 and $250 for the initial provider visit and the cost of a monthly supply of pills ranges between $15 and $50 a month, which amounts to between $180 and $600 a year depending on woman’s medical coverage. This means some women without insurance coverage for contraception may pay over $850 the first year of their prescription. Other forms of birth control are far more expensive. For instance, the cost for a monthly supply of birth control patches ranges from $15 to $80 dollars, or between $180 and $960 a year. Combined with the doctors visit, uninsured women could spend over $1,200 dollars in the first year.

Santorum has long opposed contraception and has pledged to preach about “the dangers of contraception in this country,” if elected president. “It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,” he has said. The former Pennsylvania senator has also claimed that states have the right to outlaw birth control.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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449 comments

Michael M.
Michael M.3 years ago

I am going to go out on a limb and say this dumb ass never had to pay for birth control...

Barbara V.
Barbara V.3 years ago

How stupid does this guy think we are? If it costs just "a few dollars," then the insurance companies shouldn't mind paying. I mean, this dodo wears his brains on the inside seat of his drawers.

John Kramer
John Kramer3 years ago

The Republicans don't need Rick Santorum.

Lepidopter Phoenyx

Isn't he also the douchebag who said that if a woman became pregnant as a result of rape, she should accept and embrace it as a "gift from God?"

Lika S.
Lika S.3 years ago

Lets get him pregnant and see what he thinks then. After he goes through morning sickness, 9 months of weird sleep & food cravings, weight gain, help with getting shoes on, labor, and gives birth, maybe we'll let him decide whether we should have coverage or not.

pam w.
pam w.3 years ago

OH, THAT IS FUNNY! And here we thought we were the ONLY ones who noticed!

In truth, there's a huge similarity between these anti-female Repugnicans (and their Care2 supporters) and Hitler.

Impose your world view on everyone and prevent those who disagree from quietly and privately living their own lives. Use the government to increase the birth rate. Punish those who disagree. Create a cult of "der leader."

Dr Clue
Dr Clue3 years ago

After having noticed the similarity between this article's photo and that historical figure I decided to drop both names in Google and see what popped up. Apparently others had noticed too.

http://fitsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/santorum-hitler.jpg

Lee Witton
3 years ago

Oh; ya! Ya vol, ya.

pam w.
pam w.3 years ago

Ya Vohl. (or however you spell it)

Dr Clue
Dr Clue3 years ago

If Santorum let that mustache grow a little bit , he would more resemble a famous historical figure.
Or would that be infamous?