Lawyer Fighting Obamacare: 'Women and Minorities' Wrote a Bad Law

Today, Attorney Michael Carvin will argue before the Supreme Court that the Affordable Care Act—or "Obamacare" if you're so inclined—is unconstitutional on the grounds that complying with it causes his clients undue hardship. If he wins, millions will lose their insurance and President Obama's most sizable domestic… » 3/04/15 9:50am 3/04/15 9:50am

How To Actually Get Your Free Birth Control 

Remember when Barack Obama announced that the Affordable Care Act would include a birth control mandate that gives women access to birth control for the lovely cost of free? That was great. Those guidelines kicked in on August 1 of 2012, but now, more than two years later, some women are still paying for their… » 2/18/15 5:30pm 2/18/15 5:30pm

The Plaintiffs Behind the Obamacare Lawsuit Are Your Embarrassing Aunt

Imagine if a right-wing think-tank funded by the Koch bothers approached your weirdo aunt—the one who constantly updates her Facebook with funny pictures about our Kenyan Socialist President, the Democraps, and the insistence that heaven really is for real—and asked her to put her name on a convoluted,… » 2/10/15 11:30am 2/10/15 11:30am

Republican Alternative to Obamacare Strips Away Maternity Care 

Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, Republicans have been squawking about their intentions to repeal the legislation that's extended healthcare benefits to 15 million Americans who were previously uninsured. » 2/05/15 5:00pm 2/05/15 5:00pm

The U.S. Gets a 'C' For Reproductive Rights, Which Seems Generous

For the third year, the Population Institute, a D.C.-based think tank that promotes access to family planning, has released a report card on the state of reproductive rights in the United States. Depending on where you live, things are bad to mediocre, with the country as a whole getting a 'C' grade and 15 states… » 1/09/15 12:30pm 1/09/15 12:30pm

Obama Takes Control of The Colbert Report, Delivers 'The Word'

With just two weeks left on the clock for the Colbert Report, the show is cramming in a few more splashy segments. Like for instance last night's visitor: U.S. president Barack Obama, who dropped by for an interview and temporary commandeered Colbert's desk. Welcome to the "fuck it" stage of the Obama presidency! » 12/09/14 9:30am 12/09/14 9:30am

Finally, a Federal Court Rules in Favor of Birth Control Coverage

On Friday, a federal appeals court in Washington D.C. handed a substantial victory to the Obama administration, finding that the exemption they created for non-profit employers with religious objections to birth control was just fine. The decision was written by Judge Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, who pro-life groups… » 11/17/14 11:30am 11/17/14 11:30am

​CVS Has Been Illegally Charging Women for Birth Control

Despite the fact that the Affordable Care Act's Women's Health Amendment states that all FDA-approved birth control, like pills, vaginal rings, patches, implantable rods, IUDs, prescribed by a doctor is exempt from cost-share, it looks like some companies have conveniently forgot the mandate, charging women anyway. … » 9/24/14 11:00am 9/24/14 11:00am

Nuns Battling Birth Control Mandate Reject New Fix

In news that will surprise absolutely no one, attempting to provide American women with insurance coverage for birth control continues to be a long, exhausting and frustrating process. » 9/09/14 2:40pm 9/09/14 2:40pm

White House Has a Plan to Keep Your Boss' Hands Off Your Birth Control

Some American corporation-people (and religious non-profits!) believe that their sincere God-related prudery trumps women's right to affordable contraception. The Supreme Court agrees with them. And so the White House has been forced to make two major changes to the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate in order… » 8/22/14 6:00pm 8/22/14 6:00pm

Heads Up, Hobby Lobby: Birth Control Has Some Great Side Effects

In light of yesterday's monumentally disappointing SCOTUS decision that a woman's right to insurance-covered contraceptives is inferior to a corporation's right to feel squicky about whore pills, here's a refresher on the myriad, perfectly good reasons that a woman might need access to birth control, none of which… » 7/01/14 1:15pm 7/01/14 1:15pm

SCOTUS Rules Beliefs of Your Boss Trump Your Access to Contraceptives

In a yet another ruling that indicates that we'd enjoy better legal protection if we just incorporated our reproductive organs and sent them to murder civilians in Iraq, the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations that are "closely held" cannot be required to provide contraceptive coverage. Which means that under… » 6/30/14 10:20am 6/30/14 10:20am

Catholic Leader on Obamacare: Women Can Just Buy Contraception at 7-11

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current Archbishop of New York, thinks it's totally okay for private companies like Hobby Lobby to categorically deny their female employees insurance coverage for birth control, because "By Lord, all you have to do is walk into a 7-11 or any shop on any street in America and have access to… » 4/21/14 3:15pm 4/21/14 3:15pm

White House Refuses to Comment on Justin Bieber Deportation Petition

The people had spoken. Over 273,000 people signed the We The People petition, expressing their right to free speech and interest in America's immigration policy and devoting countless hours to the singular cause of having the United States government tell noted Canadian thing Justin Bieber to GTFO. But the… » 4/20/14 1:00pm 4/20/14 1:00pm

Kathleen Sebelius Might Be Running For Senator in Kansas

When Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius resigned last week, it was seen as an inevitable attempt by the Obama Administration to blame someone for their embarrassingly "botched" roll-out of the Affordable Care Act's healthcare.gov. But Sebelius isn't done yet: she could be considering a run for… » 4/16/14 11:40am 4/16/14 11:40am

Rapping Medic Explains How Little Girl Should Care for Her Cast

Here's a very handy rap delivered to a little girl, teaching her what she needs to do to make sure she takes care of her cast. » 4/16/14 11:20am 4/16/14 11:20am

Obamacare Website Takes a Dump on Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

Today's the last day to sign up for Obamacare if you're planning on using the healthcare.gov website. Unfortunately for people who tried to log onto the website during the wee hours of the morning today, that wasn't possible for a few hours. Because the website was down. » 3/31/14 10:10am 3/31/14 10:10am

Supreme Court Prepares to Fuck Up This Birth Control Thing

Whelp, it was good while it lasted. Analysts following what's become known as the "Hobby Lobby case" predict that, following oral arguments before the Supreme Court today, it seems likely that the five conservative men on the nation's highest court are likely to band together and rule that a woman's boss's religious… » 3/25/14 4:00pm 3/25/14 4:00pm

Adam Scott Brings Back Step Brothers Character to Promote Obamacare

Whenever I stumble upon Step Brothers while flipping though cable, I will stop and watch the rest of the movie no matter what. The film (written by Adam McCay and Will Ferrell) is so perfectly stupid, funny and absurd that watching it is like the world's best lobotomy — both because it's temporary and, for a few… » 3/25/14 12:00pm 3/25/14 12:00pm

Hobby Lobby Hits the Supreme Court Tuesday, Could Ruin Everything

Hobby Lobby's fight against birth control coverage could be the ruination of everyone. The Oklahoma City-based family-owned chain has taken their religious right to withhold contraception coverage from their female employees all the way to the Supreme Court, who will hear their lawyers arguments on Tuesday. The only… » 3/24/14 1:10pm 3/24/14 1:10pm