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Fluke: Some Women Need More Expensive Contraception Than Others

Contraception activist Sandra Fluke tells MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell that private insurance should cover contraception just like the government does. Fluke says that it is "completely untrue" that taxpayers would have to subsidize contraception.

"The entire point, the policy point which is what I have always been trying to talk about and there's certainly a lot of misinformation that's been circulating about this being a taxpayer program where taxpayers were going to be paying for contraception or the government was going to pay for contraception. And that is just completely untrue," Fluke said on MSNBC.

"This is a program about private insurance. And it has nothing to do with government funding. The government does and should pay for contraception access for the very poorest women through programs like Medicaid, but it is important to be clear that this policy is not about that. This is about insurance that women pay for through their own premiums through their own employers and their universities," she said on Wednesday night.

In the segment, Fluke was informed that widely-accessed pharmacies, such as Wal-Mart, that sell generic contraception often do at $9 a month or lower. Fluke says this is not true in all circumstances and then cities an obscure story about a woman with a genetic condition that wrote her. According to Fluke, this woman had to take a special type of birth control due to her condition and it cost $1200.

Fluke, however, did not specify if $1200 was the cost for a month or for a year. Regardless, Fluke said the point is so many have different "medical needs" so they need to have access to all types of expensive contraception.

"I'd like to share the response of a woman who saw some of that type of coverage and e-mailed me because it upset her very much," Fluke said when asked about cheap, normal contraption. "She actually has a genetic condition and she's unable to use cheap forms of contraception, less expensive forms because of her genetic condition."

"So for her, her contraception costs $1200. And I think that the point really is that different women have different kinds of medical needs and that requires them to use different forms of contraception," Fluke said.

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