After months of waiting and planning and decorating the nursery, the Supreme Court's finally ready to push out that adorable bundle of joy that is their screaming, squirming ruling on the Affordable Care Act. No one except The Nine know what's about to happen, and not even they know how their ruling could affect Americans. But we do know one thing for sure: if the Supreme Court declares the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, it will become legal for insurance companies to cover men's reproductive health needs but not women's in 22 states. Did yours make the Hall of Shame?
The Progressive States Network explains that some states have enacted insurance reforms that will stand regardless of whether or not the ACA remains as is. New York, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Louisiana, among other states, have passed laws allowing people to remain on their parents' insurance plans until age 26, for example, and a handful of other states have passed laws barring insurance companies from refusing to cover children with preexisting conditions. And some states, the states that realize that covering birth control the same way that male contraception is covered is both fair and fiscally unstupid, have passed laws requiring insurance companies to cover birth control to the same extent that men's reproductive health care is covered.
We can assume that the states that haven't passed laws requiring insurance to treat men and women's genitalia equally are either very, very scared of women who have sex without getting pregnant (because a hapless guy could easily — easily — lose his cell phone in an unoccupied uterus, and losing your cell phone is a huge pain in the ass) or really like spending unnecessary amounts of money taking care of women's unwanted pregnancies, which tend to result from having sex without using reliable contraception.