By Scott Keyes and Travis Waldron posted from ThinkProgress Health on Feb 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm
WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) shed his usual placid demeanor when discussing birth control for low-income women on Friday, telling ThinkProgress that “not one” woman doesn’t have access to contraception in the United States.
KEYES: Obviously one of the main sticking points is whether or not contraception coverage is going to be covered health insurance plans and at hospitals and whether or not they’re going to be able to pay for it, especially for low-income women. Where do we leave these women if this rule is rescinded?
PRICE: Bring me one woman who has been left behind. Bring me one. There’s not one.
In fact, there are tens of millions of women in the United States who have struggled to afford or don’t have access to contraception. A recent Hart Research survey found that one in three women voters have struggled to afford prescription birth control, including 55 percent of young women aged 18 to 34.
Fortunately, the Obama administration has moved to help these women by requiring insurers to provide birth control at no charge, a move that Price vehemently opposes.
Commenter Amber French is just one of the women that Price claims do not exist. She writes: “Before I found a good gynecologist that was willing to take my financial situation into consideration (college student, minimal work income, zero insurance), my medically necessary birth control was $50/mo. I definitely was unable to afford it, and I know tons of other ladies in similar boats.”