Fact Check: Are health plans forced to cover free 'abortion pills?'
September 13th, 2011
10:18 AM ET
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Fact Check: Are health plans forced to cover free 'abortion pills?'

(CNN) - The statement: "President Obama, in a stunning, shocking level of power, now just recently told all private insurance companies, 'You must offer the morning-after abortion pill, because I said so. And it must be free of charge.' That same level coming through executive orders and through government dictates is wrong."
- Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, at Monday night's CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate

The facts: In August, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a list of several women's health services it will require health insurance plans to cover, including screenings for conditions such as gestational diabetes, human papillomavirus (HPV) and counseling on sexually transmitted diseases.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    I don't know why women (or anyone, men included) would want to take drugs that alter the normal functioning of the human body is beyond me. It just seems like you are ingesting toxins and harmful chemicals.

    September 13, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. newmoon2

    As usual, Bachmann cannot get her facts straight. Is she willfully lying or simply stupid? Both? Doesn't matter. Just keep her away from the White House.

    September 13, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Ed Texas

    Bachmann is notorious for telling half truths and complete lies. For a person who preaches about limited government and individual rights she sure doesn't have a problem with telling us whom we should marry and women's reproductive individaul rights. She is out of touch with middle America and has a dangerous religious agenda. She desorts history and common fact. I bet next thing she will tell the story about Ronald Reagan chopping down the Cherry Tree or Abe Lincoln crossing the Delaware River.

    September 13, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Your conclusion that it is "True but incomplete" is a farce and shows just how far CNN will go to candy-coat blatant and purposeful misinformation campaigning to prop up someone who is necessary to the 24-hour "news" cycle's dependence on perpetuating sensationalized controversy. Something that requires a short paragraph of caveats is not true. Period.

    September 13, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Joe

    So Rudy you won't take pain killers either? Man, you are tough. Bachmann is using false terms to rally up her supporters. The morning-after pill is not the same thing as the "abortion" pill and never has been.

    September 13, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. rs

    Oh don't bother fact checking CNN- The Republican cool-aid has fermented. The GOP/TP is now running completely "fact-free" in their own little hallucination.

    September 13, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. rs

    Yeah, Rudy NYC- just like chemo therapy for cancer. What do you think pharmaceuticals are made from? Candy?

    September 13, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Joe

    Sorry Sniffit, but the world is not that simple and all questions cannot be answered with yes or no. CNN is looking for the actual truth here, not your black/white view of the world version.

    September 13, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Sorry folks, she's a dunce.

    September 13, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Christopher

    HAHAHA! Seriously? Do you think idiots who listen to people like Bachmann care about facts??They know what they know and that is all they want to know. And if what they know are lies then that is just fine with them. People who watch FOX do so because they like lies.

    September 13, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Sorry Sniffit, but the world is not that simple and all questions cannot be answered with yes or no. CNN is looking for the actual truth here, not your black/white view of the world version."

    Huh? True is true. There is no "sort of true." That's like saying "sort of pregnant." It either is or it isn't. My point was simply that you don't call what Bachman said "true" if you wish to be accurate. You call it a "misrepresentation." The "true" label was nothing more than red meat for the conservative/teatroll crowd who comes here so they could latch onto it and then repeat what Bachman said uncritically and claim that it is "true" when confronted for it. And yet, it's clearly not "true." Rather, it's clearly something that required a detailed explanation in order to untangle it and to rid it of Bachman's attempt to insinuate and imply things that are not true. That's, by definition, a "misrepresentation."

    September 13, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Emerson

    Another stunning, shocking exhibition of ignorance and disregard for the truth from Bachmann and her ilk.

    September 13, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    I don't know why women (or anyone, men included) would want to take drugs that alter the normal functioning of the human body is beyond me. It just seems like you are ingesting toxins and harmful chemicals.
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    Rudy you left the lunch counter without paying on that one .... lol!!

    September 13, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Joe wrote:
    So Rudy you won't take pain killers either? Man, you are tough.
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    Nope. I eat right and exercise. I am have perfect blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, etc. I will probably collect SSI for over 50 years. LOL.

    September 13, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Actually it has been reported that the health care law covers birth control pills for all women, and that the abortion pill may in fact also be part of that plan on women's health coverage.

    The problem is.......ObamaCare is such a huge bill, no one has totally sorted out, all of its provisions yet.......but the one thing we have already been hit with, is HUGE increases in health care costs, which are expected to continue for several more years, as the bill's provisions continue to gradually take effect.

    The cost of this plan is hugely excessive, and there's NO WAY the government can pay for this, much less the people, pay the bill for their own health care plans.

    September 13, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "I will probably collect SSI for over 50 years."

    You should send a card to the Teatroll organizations each year you do, just to rub it in. They'll hate it.

    September 13, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |