Julie Rovner writes on the NPR Health Blog:
There’s been no let-up in the debate about the Obama administration’s rule requiring most employers to provide prescription birth control to their workers without additional cost.
Here’s the rub: The only truly novel part of the plan is the “no cost” bit.
The rule would mean, for the first time, that women won’t have to pay a deductible or co-payment to get prescription contraceptives.
In fact, she notes, employers have for the most part been required to provide contraceptive coverage as part of their health plans since December of 2000.
So, can someone please explain to me how providing coverage with a deductible or co-pay doesn’t violate “conscience” but providing it without a deductible and co-pay does?