POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 5:40pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 1:46pm
Tyler TX — Yesterday, Obamacare went into effect.
One of the first items implemented was making the co-pay for the birth control pill free, but soon the other benefits will kick in.
Some like the idea, while some don't.
The Affordable Care Act has established women's preventative health care changes which must be covered by insurance companies.
These changes include access to what are being called preventative services for early detection of diseases, pregnancy supplies, and counseling.
Although these benefits sound good to some, others are not happy with the new mandates.
Ashton Oravatz, Chairman of the Smith County Republican Party, told KETK, "if people want to buy a coverage that does not have women's birth control in it, that's fine, you shouldn't force like the catholic church or any institution against it to give the coverage."
Before the health care law many insurance companies didn't cover basic women's health care. Although these changes will be free, someone has to pay for them.
So who is it?
Oravatz said, "it is not the tooth fairy," and that its going to raise the cost of everybody else's insurance plans. While Rick Eisenbach, from Grassroots America: We the People, said the money is coming from China.
A woman from Total Health Care in Tyler told KETK that she believes women's preventative health care should be covered by the government.
However, both Oravatz and Eisenbach felt that this type of coverage wasn't the government's responsibility.
Oravatz said that the Catholic and Baptist churches should organize to help women with counseling and other benefits that the government is covering and Eisenbach said there are other organizations that should be handling this such as the Red Cross.