Obama: ‘Free Contraceptive Care…May Make Up What She’s Spending on Premiums;’ Target: Pill Still $9 Per Month

September 25, 2013 - 2:36 PM

Barack Obama and Bill Clintno

Former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama at the Clinton Global Initiative Health Care Forum in New York City on Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) - Speaking with former President Bill Clinton yesterday, President Barack Obama suggested that under Obamacare young women may get back more in “free contraceptive care” each month than they pay out in premiums.

"And because all the insurers who participate are required to, for example, provide free preventive care, free contraceptive care, that young woman, she may make up what she’s spending on premiums just on her monthly use of health care,” said Obama.

This was based on Obama's assumptions that a young woman would in fact be using some contraceptives on a regular monthly basis and that her health-insurance premiums would cost less than her monthly cell phone bill.

However, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation's online "subsidy calculator," which estimates how much people will need to pay next year in Obamacare premiums, a person with a demographic profile approximating the hypothetical woman Obama described, would need to pay more than $200 per month in Obamacare premiums.

As CNSNews.com reported last year, the Target store in Northwest Washington, D.C., was selling a month's supply of birth control pills to people without health insurance for just $9.

According to an online advertisement, that Target still sells the same contraceptive--Tri-Sprintec--at $9 for a month's supply.

An article posted by Women’s Health Magazine—entitled “10 Ways to Save on Your Birth Control"--laments that: “Some brands of the Pill can cost as much as $50 a month” That is less than one-fourth the monthly premium a 27 year-old woman would be likely to pay for Obamacare.

“We’ll be continuing to roll out what the actual prices are going to end up being," Obama said in a colloquy with Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative Health Care Forum in New York City. "But I can tell you right now that in many states across the country, if you’re, say, a 27-year-old young woman, don’t have health insurance, you get on that exchange, you’re going to be able to purchase high-quality health insurance for less than the cost of your cellphone bill.

“And because all the insurers who participate are required to, for example, provide free preventive care, free contraceptive care, that young woman, she may make up what she’s spending on premiums just on her monthly use of health care,” Obama said.

“So this is going to be a good deal for those who don’t have health insurance,” said Obama.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation Obamacare "subsidy calclulator," a 27-year old woman, who is single, has no children, does not smoke, and earns $32,000 per year will pay an average annual premium of $2,657 in 2014 to buy a health-care plan in an Obamacare exchange. That works out to $221.42 a month--many times the cost of a month's supply of birth control pills.

If the same woman had an annual income of only $29,500, she would still need to pay an average of $2,432 in annual Obamacare premiums--or $202.66 per month.

The "preventive services" regulation issued under Obamacare by the Department of Health and Human Services requires almost all health-care plans offered in the United States—and literally all health-care plans sold on the government exchanges—to provide coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to “all women with reproductive capacity.”

Among the other "preventive services" the regulation requires health-care plans to provide to women are "human papilloma virus testing," "counseling and screening for human immune-deficiency virus infection for all sexually active women," and "counseling on sexually transmitted infections for all sexually active women."

The regulation requires insurance plans to offer these services and the contraception services with no fees or co-pay.

Numerous Christian business owners, as well as numerous Christian schools and non-profit organizations, are suing the Obama administration over the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient regulation, arguing that forcing them to provide coverage for one or more of these items (to which they object on religious and conscientious grounds) violates their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.