The Republican war on women overlapped with their war on Obamacare when they strenuously opposed the contraception mandate in the law that required health insurance policies to cover contraception. That was at the heart of the Hobby Lobby case, where that company successfully argued that the health insurance policies they offered their employees should not be required to cover birth control because of the owners’ religious objections to it..
But it turns out that some Republican candidates for office are now advocating that women’s birth control pills, currently only available with a prescription, should be available over the counter, like aspirin. What lies behind the seeming change of heart, the desire to make contraception freely available?
NPR reports that these candidates see the move as achieving two things. One is that on the surface it seems to undercut the Democratic party’s message that Republicans are anti-women’s health. On the other hand it helps the insurance companies since they usually do not pay for over the counter medications so now the cost, estimated to be about $600 annually, would be passed on to the user. Of course, Viagra and other drugs that treat male impotence are still by prescription only and thus covered by insurance with no fuss as all.
But not all Republicans are on board with this new strategy. For them, anything that enables women to have independent sexual lives has to be opposed, even if it goes against their other desire to increase the profits of health insurers and businesses.