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May 28 2013

Michigan GOP Wants to Ban Abortion Insurance Coverage

The latest bit of far right lunacy from Republicans in Michigan is a proposed law that would ban abortion coverage in all group insurance plans so that women would have to purchase an additional insurance rider to have abortion services covered. And the head of Right to Life says it’s just like buying car insurance:

Right to Life president Barbara Listing said Wednesday that women should purchase additional health insurance if they feared being raped, because the sexual crime was like a car accident.

“Nobody plans to have an accident in a car accident, nobody plans to have their homes flooded. You have to buy extra insurance for those,” she told reporters.

So let me see if I get this straight…it’s socialist Muslim tyranny to require that women get contraception coverage as part of their health insurance package, an outrageous violation of the right of employers to decide what is in their group insurance policies…but it’s the height of freedom to prohibit those employers from providing abortion coverage in their group policies. Okey dokey.

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  1. 1
    laurentweppe

    So the GOP openly admits that they want abortion to become a privilege for the upper-class.

  2. 2
    amenhotepstein

    What doesn’t the GOP want to become a privilege for the upper-class?

  3. 3
    unbound

    Er…so rape is not a crime in that idiot’s mind, but just an accident that happens?

    Not only are these people complete bereft of empathy and compassion, I don’t think they have the ability to think at all. Does someone have to feed them to keep them alive?

  4. 4
    Gregory in Seattle

    @unbound #3 – “Er…so rape is not a crime in that idiot’s mind, but just an accident that happens?”

    You are only now figuring that out? Didn’t you follow ANY of the Republican campaigns in the US last year? According to GOP theology, if a woman conceives as a result of rape, it is because it was’t a sufficiently traumatic experience.

  5. 5
    blf

    What doesn’t the GOP want to become a privilege for the upper-class?

    Having brown or black skin.
    Being inconveniently female.
    Paying taxes.
    Recycling (and GHG reductions and similar).
    Et al.

  6. 6
    doublereed

    How is that an argument against abortion services being covered by insurance? That sounds like an argument for abortion services being covered.

    I really wonder if Republicans think that pregnancy should be covered under health insurance. Baffles my mind.

  7. 7
    MikeMa

    @Gregory #4
    Not only did a number of GOP loon candidates espouse the position that pregnancy as a result of rape is rare, they continue to do it. It is as if lying to get an advantage wasn’t a standard political tactic they don’t ascribe to. The inescapable conclusion might be that they are so god-blinded, they cannot see any reality or they are so ignorant as to beggar belief. Or both.

  8. 8
    Kierra

    #6

    No need to wonder. Most individual insurance plans on the market before Obamacare only covered pregnancy as an extra rider.

  9. 9
    Modusoperandi

    And “rapeable” is a preexisting condition.

  10. 10
    doublereed

    @8 Kierra

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

  11. 11
    d.c.wilson

    What doesn’t the GOP want to become a privilege for the upper-class?

    Babies.

  12. 12
    Synfandel

    If only things you plan on should be covered by group insurance plans, what exactly would those planned things be? Accidental dismemberment? Nope. Dental cavities? Nope. Gall stone surgery? Nope. Viral meningitis? Nope. Slipped disc? Uh-unh. Gout? Think again. What’s left?

  13. 13
    thisisaturingtest

    @#6, doublereed-

    How is that an argument against abortion services being covered by insurance? That sounds like an argument for abortion services being covered.

    Exactly. This

    “Nobody plans to have an accident in a car accident, nobody plans to have their homes flooded. You have to buy extra insurance for those,” she told reporters.

    is just a ridiculous argument. The only reason to buy insurance at all is as a hedge against unforeseen contingencies- that is, accidents.
    As usual, these folks aren’t thinking outside their bubble; the only thing they care about is denying the choice of abortion. I wonder if it’s occurred to them that forcing women to complete a pregnancy is much more expensive for the insurance company than an abortion would be; and those insurance companies that they’ve forced to pay for the more expensive alternative, by criminalizing the choice, sure as hell are not going to eat the difference in costs.

  14. 14
    matty1

    I wonder if it’s occurred to them that forcing women to complete a pregnancy is much more expensive for the insurance company than an abortion would be; and those insurance companies that they’ve forced to pay for the more expensive alternative, by criminalizing the choice, sure as hell are not going to eat the difference in costs.

    < conservative> If people don’t want to suffer because of higher costs they should just decide to be billionaires </conservative>

  15. 15
    Michael Heath

    unbound writes:

    Er…so rape is not a crime in that idiot’s mind, but just an accident that happens?

    Not at all, rape victims pissed God off and therefore deserved it. Unless it was part of a wager God with Satan; then they might not have deserved it. But no worries, our loving god also protects females by stopping them from getting pregnant when he causes them to be raped. So it all balances out in the end don’t you think?

  16. 16
    arakasi

    Wait a minute…. wouldn’t adding abortion as a separate rider to an insurance policy make the whole package cheaper? Abortions are significantly less expensive than the most trouble-free birth, so from a financial standpoint, the insurance company will pay out less on plans that include abortion services & contraception.

    How would that even work? Would they offer a basic package for $X premium, but then knock $5-$10/month off if you add abortion and contraception coverage? Only the real idealogues would spend more for less coverage.

    OK, I know what the insurance company would really do – charge as much for the rider as they think they can get away with and pocket the difference on both ends of the equation. All the while, they would claim that the law is requireing them to do this. Are we sure that Blue Cross/Blue Shield isn’t whispering into Barbara Listing’s ear?

  17. 17
    Ichthyic

    What doesn’t the GOP want to become a privilege for the upper-class?

    Babies.

    no, in the end it really IS everything. The people behind this will never feel satisfied until ALL legal rights are redefined as mere privileges that they can then decide if you, not being one of them, will be allowed to have access.

    this is authoritarianism run amok. It’s why I left the US.

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