Don't Cave to the Bishops, Mr. President

When the Obama administration successfully pushed the healthcare reform package through Congress last year, it was a major victory for American women. Congressional Democrats had campaigned aggressively to secure contraceptive coverage as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requiring insurers to cover "preventative health services". On 1 August of this year, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathy Sebelius cleared up any lingering questions when she further specified that health insurance providers must offer full coverage of contraceptive devices, drugs and procedures. 

But securing and maintaining adequate healthcare for American women – especially policies concerning birth control – is never as simple as it seems.

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