Planned Parenthood and Institute of Medicine poised to beget "cheaper than free" birth control, and that spells C-O-E-R-C-I-O-N
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2010-11-10

Unless there is a loud outcry from the American people, all prescription birth control will very likely be listed as preventive health care under the Obama administration's health care act by August of next year, leaving the taxpayers to foot the bill for billions more dollars that will flow into Planned Parenthood's bottomless money pit to pay for deadly concoctions that are neither "preventive" nor "health care." And in light of the philosophy of the leader of the Institute of Medicine, the government funded agency advising the government on this matter, it could result in health care incentives being given to those who use birth control that are not available to those who spurn it.

In an email from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in March following the adoption of Obamacare, PPFA President Cecile Richards said, "Anti-family-planning groups will no doubt try to keep the Women's Health Amendment from covering family planning services. But family planning is preventive health care... The administration must include all forms of contraception as part of the preventive health care covered under the new law - and it's up to us to make it happen," Richards said.

To facilitate forcing its agenda down our throats, Planned Parenthood has launched its "Birth Control Matters" campaign, seeking one million signatures on a petition being circulated on college campuses and elsewhere "to make prescription birth control available to every woman without co-pays or other out-of-pocket costs..."

Despite all its empty, deceptive rhetoric about expanding health coverage to the poor, Planned Parenthood, in all its diabolic wisdom, realizes what most Americans don't: if it succeeds in getting birth control on the list of preventive services in the health care law, not only will new health insurance plans be required to fully cover the cost, but state Medicaid programs will be required de facto to cover the full cost of even the most expensive, invasive forms of birth control -- such as implants and IUDs -- to millions of women with incomes well above poverty level, providing an instant pot of gold for the birth control and abortion mogul.

A "panel of experts" will be convened this month to advise Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius on what should be considered preventive care. Sebelius is a notorious Planned Parenthood supporter.

That panel will be convened by the Institute of Medicine, whose president, Harvey Fineberg, stated in his October 2009 annual address, Health Reform Beyond Health Insurance, "I want prevention to be cheaper than free..." meaning that incentives will also be provided. "We should reward individuals with insurance reductions, with access to additional services, and with outright bonuses for doing the right thing for their health," he said.

Taking that to the next logical step, it is easy to foresee those who use free birth control receiving reductions in the cost of health insurance, access to services those who choose not to contracept cannot access, and other "bonuses" not afforded those who spurn birth control.

The first meeting of the "panel of experts" convened by the National Institute of Medicine will take place on Nov. 16. Please act today to insist that the American taxpayer is not forced to pay the enormous bill and suffer the consequences of "free" or - God forbid - "cheaper than free" birth control.

ACTION STEPS:

First: Pray for the proposal currently under scrutiny to be soundly defeated.

Second: Contact the Institute of Medicine to register your opposition prior to its November 16 meeting in Washington, D.C. addressing preventive services for women. The web site provides a place to register for this meeting should you be able to attend. Further, e-mails and letters should be sent to the Study Director, Rose Marie Martinez, at the address below.

Keck Center

855

500 Fifth St. NW Washington, D.C. 20001

Third: Register your opposition with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, at the address below.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20201

http://www.hhs.gov/

Fourth: Spread the word so that others are familiar with the danger and are able to understand that action is a must

Editor's note: This is an abridged version of Thursday's upcoming Straight Talk on Life column by Judie Brown and Rita Diller. Please click here to read the full commentary.

 

Unless there is a loud outcry from the American people, all prescription birth control will very likely be listed as preventive health care under the Obama administration's health care act by August of next year, leaving the taxpayers to foot the bill for billions more dollars that will flow into Planned Parenthood's bottomless money pit to pay for deadly concoctions that are neither "preventive" nor "health care."  And in light of the philosophy of the leader of the Institute of Medicine, the government funded agency advising the government on this matter, it could result in health care incentives being given to those who use birth control that are not available to those who spurn it.

In an email from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in March following the adoption of Obamacare, PPFA President Cecile Richards said, "Anti-family-planning groups will no doubt try to keep the Women's Health Amendment from covering family planning services. But family planning is preventive health care... The administration must include all forms of contraception as part of the preventive health care covered under the new law - and it's up to us to make it happen," Richards said.

To facilitate forcing its agenda down our throats, Planned Parenthood has launched its "Birth Control Matters" campaign, seeking one million signatures on a petition being circulated on college campuses and elsewhere "to make prescription birth control available to every woman without co-pays or other out-of-pocket costs..."

Despite all its empty, deceptive rhetoric about expanding health coverage to the poor, Planned Parenthood, in all its diabolic wisdom, realizes what most Americans don't: if it succeeds in getting birth control on the list of preventive services in the health care law, not only will new health insurance plans be required to fully cover the cost, but state Medicaid programs will be required de facto to cover the full cost of even the most expensive, invasive forms of birth control -- such as implants and IUDs -- to millions of women with incomes well above poverty level, providing an instant pot of gold for the birth control and abortion mogul.

A "panel of experts" will be convened this month to advise Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius on what should be considered preventive care.  Sebelius is a notorious Planned Parenthood supporter.

That panel will be convened by the Institute of Medicine, whose president, Harvey Fineberg, stated in his October 2009 annual address, Health Reform Beyond Health Insurance, "...I want prevention to be cheaper than free..." meaning that incentives will also be provided. "We should reward individuals with insurance reductions, with access to additional services, and with outright bonuses for doing the right thing for their health," he said.

Taking that to the next logical step, it is easy to foresee those who use free birth control receiving reductions in the cost of health insurance, access to services those who choose not to contracept cannot access, and other "bonuses" not afforded those who spurn birth control.

The first meeting of the "panel of experts" convened by the National Institute of Medicine will take place on Nov. 16.  Please act today to insist that the American taxpayer is not forced to pay the enormous bill and suffer the consequences of "free" or - God forbid - "cheaper than free" birth control.

ACTION STEPS:

First: Pray for the proposal currently under scrutiny to be soundly defeated.

Second: Contact the Institute of Medicine to register your opposition prior to its November 16 meeting in Washington, D.C. addressing preventive services for women. The web site provides a place to register for this meeting should you be able to attend. Further, e-mails and letters should be sent to the Study Director, Rose Marie Martinez, at the address below.

Keck Center

855

500 Fifth St. NW Washington, D.C. 20001

Third: Register your opposition with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, at the address below.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20201

http://www.hhs.gov/

Fourth: Spread the word so that others are familiar with the danger and are able to understand that action is a must

Editor's note:  This is an abridged version of Thursday's upcoming Straight Talk on Life column by Judie Brown and Rita Diller.  Please click here to read the full commentary.