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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:48 PM

Cruz pitches Ocasio-Cortez on bill to make birth control available over the counter



Cruz pitches Ocasio-Cortez on bill to make birth control available over the counter
By Justin Wise - 06/12/19 01:46 PM EDT



Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is looking to join forces with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on legislation that would make over-the-counter birth control legal.

The GOP Texas senator on Monday offered to team up with her to create a "simple, clean bill making birth control available over the counter," a move that comes just weeks after he offered to take up lobbyist reform with her.

"Perhaps, in addition to the legislation we are already working on together to ban Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, we can team up here as well," Cruz said on Twitter, quoting a tweet from Ocasio-Cortez last week in which she argued for making birth control obtainable over the counter.




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Reply Cruz pitches Ocasio-Cortez on bill to make birth control available over the counter (Original post)
babylonsister Wednesday OP
Turin_C3PO Wednesday #1
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:50 PM

1. Hmmm...

Sounds good on its surface. What’s in it for Cruz is my question.

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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:33 PM

11. Insurance companies would no lomger be on the hook to cover BC costs.

cruiz is doing insurance lobbys work.

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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:42 PM

14. It takes unwilling participants out of the picture

If a Catholic pharmacist wanted to not provide birth control pills, he or she could simply refuse to carry them, and the local supermarket or even a convenience store could stock OTC pills to sell. The pharmacist would be off the hook.

That's what I think Cruz is going for.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:56 PM

2. That is a shocker

I certainly agree that it should be over-the-counter.

Now if we can pair that with comprehensive, fact-based sex education for our youth, we might actually get somewhere.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:02 PM

3. But doesn't making birth control pills OTC

throw the entire burden of cost back onto the woman? Will low income women be able to afford this?

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:32 PM

10. Exactly, it's a work around for insurance companies to not have to cover BC

Birth control pills are not like asprin, there is no one-size-fits-all version. Birth control pills have many side effects and need to be monitored, along with other medications a woman may be taking. Sometimes it's necessary for health reasons to either switch dosage or go to anotehr brand of the pills.

This is a bad idea on all fronts. A better idea would be making birth control FREE but still dispensed unders a doctors supervision.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:39 PM

13. How much would birth control pills cost

if sold over the counter?

I used to take Protonix, which I got from a Canadian pharmacy for about a dollar a pill. Then, with my doctor's approval, I switched over to Nexium, which was available OTC. That cut my cost in half.

Now, there is a generic form of the underlying drug in Nexium, and it is even cheaper. Would birth control pills, which have been around in some form or another for about sixty years be cheaper if they were not handled by pharmacists?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:03 PM

4. Good idea but

I also think it’s an underhanded way to get the contraception requirement out of the ACA. Which means that LARCs (IUD, etc) and tubals will no longer be required to be covered by insurance at all (let alone “free”).

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:04 PM

5. WTF is Cruz up to?

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Response to crazytown (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:21 PM

7. I have the same question.

He is trying to be sneaky about something. Totally out of character.

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Response to Dem_4_Life (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:29 PM

9. Cruz has a history of double crossing colleagues,

but I'm sure AOC would be well aware of that. Watch this space I guess.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:14 PM

6. Anybody want to bet Teddy boy bought himself some new stock recently?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:29 PM

8. Condoms are already available OTC

hormonal-based birth control pills should have some medical oversight. IUDs, in my experience the easiest form to use, do need to be inserted, so again some medical oversight is needed.

"Day after" treatments such as RU486 should be available as well.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:36 PM

12. Rep Ayanna Pressley has called his name in public

Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) Tweeted:
Hi there @tedcruz hit up our girl @pattymurray she and I have already written the bill, album dropping tomorrow 😉 @AOC's vocals (& original co sponsorship) = on point. @KatieHill4CA’s an original too. Just call it the Destiny's Child of OTC birth control https://t.co/Ri2q1Viez4


Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) Tweeted:
We've always believed affordable, accessible birth control isn't just a women's issue so look forward to you co-sponsoring, got a few good men on already including @RepBera M.D.




I do not trust Cruz.

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