Obamacare mandates health care insurers cover a form of birth control that has thousands of women across the country are up in arms due to the pain they say it causes. Essure, which the maker Bayer dubs as "for women who desire permanent birth control," is giving thousands of women serious side-effects including excruciating pelvic pain.
For more than ten months, Tanya Lovis of California was experiencing pain that caused her to walk "around hunched over holding onto my stomach for three weeks out of the month. The pain was just too much to bear." Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich picked up on Lovis' story and started a website, where thousands of women have shared their stories about the horrible effects of Essure.
Brockovich has argued that the point of the website is to "make lawmakers reevaluate the device's preemption status," which prohibits lawsuits against the Essure's manufacturer. Nearly 750,000 women worldwide use Essure for "permanent birth control" designed as an internal form of birth control to fully block a woman's fallopian tubes.
Unfortunately, not only is Essure extremely painful for thousands of Americans, but the government is mandating insurance coverage for the procedure. According to the Essure website, Obamacare requires health insurers to cover the cost of the painful product:
"As of August 2012, most insurance plans are required to provide women with all methods of birth control, including Essure, without copays, deductibles or out of pocket costs when their plan renews." So not only is ObamaCare mandating contraception coverage in insurance plans, it is mandating that the painful Essure procedure be provided free of charge.
In the section titled "What Are My Contraception Benefits?," the Obama administration's healthcare.gov website states:
"All Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods prescribed by a woman's doctor are covered, including:
- Barrier methods (used during intercourse), like diaphragms and sponges
- Hormonal methods, like birth control pills and vaginal rings
- Implanted devices, like intrauterine devices (IUDs)
- Emergency contraception, like Plan B® and ella®
- Sterilization procedures
- Patient education and counseling"