Chris Wallace: Fox News covers contraception for female employees
Last week, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said a Georgetown University student was a “slut” and a “prostitute” for wanting oral contraceptives to be covered by her health insurance — but it’s not clear if he feels the same about the female employees who receive birth control pills from Fox News.
During a discussion about women’s health issues on Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace revealed that the insurance provided by the conservative news network included oral contraceptives.
“Before coming on today, I checked with the women here at Fox News and it turns out that Fox News health coverage does cover — there’s a co-pay — but it does cover contraception,” Wallace explained. “When it comes to contraception, you know the idea that — and we’re not talking about religious institutions. According to the Blunt amendment, any — U.S. Steel, as I said, Fox News, any company could simply decide, we are not going to offer that. An insurance company could decide, one that has no ties to any religious organization.”
Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel argued that requiring basic health care for women was a slippery slope towards forcing employers to pay for “dental implants.”
“What the Democrats are now arguing very cleverly is that if a company refuses to pay for this particular product for you, you are somehow being denied access in total to that particular product,” Strassel asserted. “Now this is a big standard because there are all kinds of health performances and drugs that we have never expected to be included in our insurance. We want dental implants instead of crowns. We want brand-name drugs instead of generic.”
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast March. 4, 2012.