Comedians Star In Video Explaining Why Birth Control Should Be Co-Pay Free

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Rachel Dratch, H. Jon Benjamin ... yes, THIS is good.

A condom, a birth control pill, and an IUD all walked into a bar— okay, maybe not exactly a bar, but they definitely made an appearance in the latest conversation in favor of birth control rights on social media.

In this video, the birth control itself explains why we need to protect it by keeping all forms of it co-pay free — meaning that if you have insurance, it costs you nothing to access your birth control method of choice.

But after Donald Trump signed an executive order promoting "free speech" and "religious liberty," feminists and advocates of free-access birth control became a bit worried that they would lose this coverage.

Their concern? That businesses could potentially refuse employees health care coverage that includes birth control for "religious" reasons. And given that this has already happened with some employers even while under Obama's Affordable Care Act, it seems their fears are well-founded.

So Hollywood came forward with a little something to say about it from the perspective of, "if birth control could talk" on a newly launched YouTube video called "Controlled Speech." 

 

 

As part of the Keep Birth Control Co-Pay Free campaign, the video hopes to "shine a light on how critical affordable birth control is to women’s health, equality, and empowerment" in a way that is both informative and entertaining.

Celebrity voice comedic talents include: Rachel Dratch, of Saturday Night Live fameFranchesca Ramsey, a comedian and hysterical YouTube personality, Desi Lydic, a hilarious correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and H. Jon Benjamin, whose voice people recognize for his comedic talent in shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Archer, and of course, Bob's Burgers.

With such an outstanding funny-person lineup, how can you go wrong? 

Rachel Dratch stars as the voice of the birth control pill who boldly lets viewers know that insurance is the key to having co-pay free birth control. 

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Meanwhile, Desi Lydic: Voice of the IUD, not only introduces birth control users what an IUD actually looks like, but how much it costs to get one. (Hint: It's A LOT)

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Franchesca Ramsey is the birth control patch.

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Related: 7 Guys Reveal What They REALLY Think Of The Male Birth Control Pill

 

And let us not forget the feminist condom, H. Jon Benjamin, who proves his support for women's rights in the funniest way possible. 

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They give a pretty darn good argument in favor of keeping co-pay free birth control in place and manage to sneak in a little bit of sad humor, too. The video lets people know that at the end of the day, the people in charge of making decisions for women's health care are not personally affected by the decisions that they make for the rest of us.
 

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The video does a good job of expressing the social risks involved with losing co-pay free birth control — which doesn't cover the cost of condoms, by the way — in order to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

 

Related: Your Guide To One-Night Stand Birth Control (Because Awkward)

 

It's a little-known fact that in 24 out of 50 states over fifty percent of births are paid for by the U.S. government through MedicaidThis is coverage that extends usually to poor or needy families who cannot afford the cost of paying for the pregnancy and birth on their own — a situation that again, could be solved by protecting birth control access.

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Most states offer Medicaid to pregnant mothers in order to cover the cost of pregnancy, neo-natal care, and post-partum care up to six weeks after birth. And during this period, if a woman decides to get a tubal litigation right after childbirth, she can have one for free.  

However, if the mother falls within the poverty guidelines, the child is eligible to continue coverage under a state-funded Medicaid program for a to-be-determined amount of time based on the medical issue that their child faces.

It is important to point out that most births covered and paid for by Medicaid involve pre-term and low birthweight babies, who are high risk for long-term disability.

This means that a child who is unhealthy at birth could cost state and federal taxpayers way more than if they'd just used the money instead to fund programs to offer co-pay free birth control through insurance companies. 

The video also points out that 89 percent of American women use birth control at some point in their lives, and if those women were to lose access to their current insurance-covered forms of birth control, the cost on American taxpayers could reach up to an astounding twenty-one billion dollars A YEAR due to unplanned pregnancies for the same reasons. 

As much as this video may sound like "whiny liberals" demanded "free stuff" to conservatives, you can't deny the facts when you see the numbers.

When you get right down to it, the cost to provide birth control is way cheaper than the cost of paying for unexpected pregnancies, which will most likely affect the majority of poor or lower-income families who will rely solely on the government (aka your tax dollars) in order to cover their kids' medical bills.

And realistically, can you really call yourself a "conservative" if you're not trying to save on government spending?

 

 

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