Jindal and the Trojan Horse

The axiomatic thing to do with politics in general, and the Republicans in particular is to listen to Deep Throat’s advice to Woodward and Bernstein: Follow the money.

So, when Xristian Xrazie boy exorcist Bobby Jindal tells us with a straight face that the Republicans ought to be out of the Birth Control Wars and make contraception available over the counter, follow the money.

This at first blush seems like an excellent idea until you realize that very expensive medicine like birth control would no longer be covered by your insurance company if it was available over the counter. I suppose people who are enrolled in a good benefits program could include birth control in a use-it-or-lose-it pre-tax Health Savings Account, but that will probably be a small proportion of the population. Eventually demand might lower the prices, but that is a long time to wait, and not all birth control is prescribed for family planning purposes.

So, in one small policy statement Jindal has done a trifecta: he’s crafting a reasonable personae for the 2016 Goat Rodeo, he’s offering what appears to be a good policy proposal to remove birth control from the culture wars, and he is ensuring that birth control will remain out of reach.

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  1. Plus: a few years ago, Congress changed the over the counter rules for flexible spending accounts – cannot get reimbursed for anything OTC.

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