This week, the anti-choice blogosphere initiated an email campaign against the UNC system’s new required health insurance plan. Why? Because it includes abortion, a standard coverage included in more than 85 percent of private health insurance plans.
That a small group of anti-choice individuals would rally around this issue is nothing new. This year, thousands of women working for various municipalities in North Carolina have seen abortion coverage removed from long-standing employee health insurance plans because of similar tactics taken up by the Right.
The good news is that students will still have access to comprehensive health care. The UNC system responded to the protests by offering an alternative plan where students can opt out of abortion coverage. Students who don’t opt out won’t pay a higher rate because abortion coverage doesn’t affect health plan costs.
This trend in removing a benefit standard in nearly every comprehensive health insurance plan under the guise of morality, as seen in recent municipalities in the state is becoming quite a slippery slope. What coverage will they want to remove next? Treatments and drugs for HIV patients, or cancer treatments for smokers?
We should all be pleased that the UNC system didn’t bow to a vocal minority trying to dictate the health needs and coverages of thousands, especially when that minority doesn’t appreciate the gravity of health concerns that students face.