Colbert's Spin On Free Contraceptives And Breast Pumps

To get you in the mood for the weekend, here's another inspired Stephen Colbert video. This time he's targeting the Obama administration's new mandate that private insurers cover preventative health services for women, like contraceptives, breast pumps and lactation support.

Again, thanks to Our Bodies Our Blog for noting this clip in a recent post, which reports that news of the new health coverage mandate "rankled some conservatives:"

Take, for instance, Sandy Rios, a FOX News contributor and vice president of the Family-PAC Federal, a conservative political action committee, who likened women’s health needs to beauty services: ”We’re $14 trillion in debt and now we’re going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well?”

[Colbert responds with equal outrage] for instance, he notes that “a woman’s health decisions are a private matter between her priest and her husband,” and insurance companies should be in the business of covering only “necessary medical expenses — like boner pills.”

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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