It would be hard to dream up a clearer example of an entitlement mentality than this e-card on the Obama campaign website:
Mitt Romney says he would repeal the Affordable Care Act. So here’s a quick question: Can I borrow $18,000 to help pay for my birth control?
The e-card is supposed to point out that it’s ridiculous to ask your mother for $18,000 to pay for birth control. True, but that begs the question: wouldn’t it be even more ridiculous to ask a perfect stranger to pay for your birth control? Because that is essentially what Obama’s “free birth control” law does. Pills cost money to make — the materials, the research, the labor, complying with government regulations. It costs money to package and export to pharmacies. It costs money to advertise. It costs money to fight against class-action lawsuits. It costs money for pharmacists to fill the prescription. It costs money for the doctors to write the prescription.
Previously, there was a co-pay that helped defray the costs. Now that the co-pay is being abolished by law, who ends up shouldering the cost? The insurance companies? Of course not. It gets passed back to the consumers through higher insurance premiums.
But let’s assume the people cheering on Obama’s “free” birth control law probably won’t think that far into it. What about a more obvious problem: how on earth does birth control cost $18,000? Is that over a lifetime?
The Obama administration has touted its birth control law by saying it will effect 47 million women. We are told by the Obama campaign e-card that birth control costs $18,000 for each of these women.
That would mean $846 billion is being passed along to somebody. For the sake of comparison, the global pharmaceutical market is a $300 billion industry. So, either we have a serious problem here, or the Obama campaign needs to recheck their numbers.