Gail Collins writes on the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill and hopes that regulations for the new health bill will provide that insurance will cover birth control pills along with other prescription drugs.
Even though 100 million women take the pill every day, to the great relief of 100 million or so of their partners, the terror of mentioning birth control is so great that the humongous new health care reform act has managed to avoid bringing it up at all. Advocates are hoping that when the regulations are finally written, they will require health insurance to cover birth control pills like any other drug. But nobody is sure.
“If the administration would announce tomorrow that all birth control would be free for every woman in America, I think the health care plan would gain 30 points in popularity overnight,” said [Planned Parenthood's Cecile] Richards.