Exchange of the day:
"Why should I have to pay for women's birth control? If you don't want to get pregnant, use a condom or don't have sex. I shouldn't have to subsidize your sex life."–achristopher
"Because women are paying for your Viagra?"–jguest321
As of August 2012, women with health insurance will no longer face hefty co-payments for birth control and other preventive services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is requiring insurance companies to cover these services free. While most CNN.com readers welcomed the news, a few expressed fear and resentment that their own premiums would rise.
amphipathic said, "If this results in fewer children being supported by welfare and Medicaid, I'm all for it." SciFiChickie said, "YES! Now I don't have to pay a $45.00 a month co-pay for birth control anymore. YEAH!" Danielle78 said, "Maybe now I can afford to get insurance since I will have freed up the $1,500 dollars for birth control. But they need to make this in effect sooner than a year, so pharmaceutical companies can't jack the price up, making them unaffordable to almost everyone."
Alyssa0411 said, "Nothing is ever free. Other people will be footing this bill."
hades65 asked, "What is the price for birth control pills?" blakdayzÂ said, "Four dollars at Walmart for any generic." kauppily said, "$15-$150 a month, depending on your insurance and the brand you prefer. A lot of brands don't come in generic for BC."
CEW said, "This will save money. Birth control is far cheaper than paying for a baby. For years, my insurance would not pay for birth control, but WOULD pay for as many babies as I could squeeze out. They will also save money because fewer children and babies will be added to the plan."
RichieP said, "You're delusional. The insurance companies have been in this business for longer than you can imagine. They do everything they can to lower their costs and increase their profits. If it saved money to pay for birth control they would have been paying for it ages ago."
CEW said, "So, wait a minute. It's not OK to pass the cost of BC into the premiums, because that's costing other people money, but it IS OK to have an unwanted child, pass the cost of the birth, and then the health care of that child on to the premiums? Get a grip. Preventing babies is FAR cheaper than paying for them."
skarrlette said, "These women are paying their own insurance. And we have to subsidize plenty of things we don't want to. Like fat people and their diabetes."
Bachmann cancels campaign stops to vote against debt deal
Rep. Michele Bachman, R-Minnesota,Â returned to Washington to vote against a debt ceiling deal. "The 'deal' ... spends too much and doesn't cut enough," Bachmann said in a statement released Sunday. "Someone has to say 'no.' I will." Most CNN.com readers disagreed.
iminim "She might as well have screamed, 'I am part of the problem!' from the rooftops." GuestÂ said, "As usual you're wrong, Mrs. Bachmann. The debt ceiling increase ensures funds are available to pay the existing bills for programs and policies that the Congress has already voted on and passed. It has nothing to do with future programs, Obamacare or anything else."
some420guy said, "That woman doesn't speak for me. She should stick to speaking for herself and her supporters." dmarq said, "I want to hear her. I want people to remember that she isn't someone who compromises, which is imperative in a two-party system!" june2006 said, "I am a Minnesotan, and I am ashamed. ..."
JimiAtlasÂ said, "A comment to Bachmann: Frankly most of us don't really care about your opinion. Just move out of the way so the rest of us can move forward." geoffreyf said, "Michelle Bachman voted for the last 10 years for the budgets and tax loopholes that created the debt."
RY62747 said, "She will say 'No' to the elderly, the poor and most of the middle class. She will say 'Yes' to unregulated big business and the rich. She will say 'No' to the environment but 'Yes' to the oil companies. She is saying 'No' to freedom of religion but 'Yes' to the government's right to mandate Christian beliefs in school. The great irony of the whole tea party movement is that they are ultimately destroying the founding principles of our country in the name of our Constitution." bob033048Â said, "And someone has to say "no" to you, Bachmann. And more than one of us will."
pbernasc said, "Dear America, no country has ever gone much of anywhere by gutting its own middle class. ..."
Each week, CNN examines world rankings to show how various countries compare with one another. A recent comparison of vacation days found the United States not only close to the bottom but also singled out because - unlike the other countries – -it does not legally mandate vacation time. Most CNN.com readers were dismayed by the contrast to European benefits.
danny379 said, "Such a shame that America can't be the same. I also hate Americans who criticize Europe's 'socialism.' Geez, is it really that bad? At least they get more vacation and have a better/more affordable health care system!"
Hasbaya said, "I don't know anyone who can take off 25 days a year and keep her or his job. Twenty-five days off may be the theoretical average in the U.S., but, in my experience, most workers are not allowed to actually use them."
erm035 said, "You are so right. The people who get more thanÂ two weeks' vacation are typically salaried workers. Management loads them up with so much work (I typically work 50 hours a week as an engineer but am paid for 40) that either you don't take all your vacation or you work 60+ hours a week for the month before and month after your vacation. Not finishing what management told you to finish means losing your job to the Chinese or Indians."
studdmuffins said, "I met a lot of Europeans on vacation in Jamaica. One guy said he'd been thereÂ six weeks over Christmas and was spending two more. Wow."
But docwatson75 said, "Given about 10 holidays, I never had trouble using at leastÂ two weeks of vacation as well: so 20 days. But I am one of the lucky ones here in the U.S."
true777 said, "I have spent half my life in U.S. and half in Europe. In addition to better health care, social services, education and much better work/life balance, Europeans enjoy ample disposable incomes and large living spaces on average. And look at the U.S. economy and compare it to the economies of, for example, Germany. The U.S. can tell you whatever it wants, but Europeans enjoy much better quality of life."
SimonCohen said, "On the other hand, we have very low tax rate, medical insurance with profit-driven companies, biggest military budget and largest deficit. I am proud."
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