NWLC Says O'Reilly Statement Made Up & Offensive
By: Steve - July 24, 2011 - 10:00am
Commenting on the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that contraception should be considered a preventative service and co-pays for contraception should be eliminated, Bill O'Reilly made this bogus claim:
O'REILLY: "Many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex. They're not going to use birth control anyway."
Then Judy Waxman, The Vice President of Health and Reproductive Services at the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) responded to O'Reilly's statement by saying this:
WAXMAN: "Almost all the women that are heterosexual use contraceptives at some time. There is no study that O'Reilly refers to when he says that. He totally made that up. It is his opinion and it is offensive."
Waxman also noted many other problems with O'Reilly's statement, saying this:
WAXMAN: The Institute of Medicine recommended that the preventative services package which will be required to be covered in all new private health plans in the U.S. should include the full range of FDA contraceptive methods.
In other words, O'Reilly was wrong, he just made it up. And not only will the Government not be paying for it, the program would actually save the taxpayers money. So O'Reilly had it all wrong, and he lied to you.
Payment for these recommended services is not made by the government, but rather it is paid for by the plans.
There are three things that are wrong with the O'Reilly statement.
First, the government is not paying. Second, these recommendations apply to new health plans in the U.S. only. And third, this recommendation will not cost the government billions of dollars.
The IOM report says that the use of contraceptive is cost-effective and cites a 2007 study which estimates that cost savings due to contraceptive use is estimated to be $19.3 billion.
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