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Ted Cruz Floats A Birth Control Alliance With Ocasio-Cortez

Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz floated the possibility of working with Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to make birth control available over-the-counter Wednesday.

“Psst! Birth control should be over-the-counter, pass it on,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter June 7.

“I agree. Perhaps, in addition to the legislation we are already working on together to ban Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, we can team up here as well. A simple, clean bill making birth control available over the counter. Interested?” Cruz responded Wednesday.

Cruz’s offer comes after the two made plans to work together to end the so-called “revolving door of K Street,” referring to federal lawmakers using their connections to become lobbyists once out of office.

Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez may not be perfectly aligned on the issue, however. Ocasio-Cortez is a proponent of Medicare for all, a single-payer health care system that Republicans have painted as a socialist nightmare.

“[Birth control] should be free, too – like in the UK!” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter June 7.

Some states have passed laws that allow pharmacists to prescribe oral birth control, but for most women, it is only available with a doctor’s prescription, according to Business Insider. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has called for over-the-counter oral contraceptives since 2012 as “a potential way to improve contraceptive access and use, and possibly decrease unintended pregnancy rates.”

The powerful American Medical Association is also behind the over-the-counter push.

But congressional Democrats have blocked Republican legislation to make birth control available over-the-counter for years. For example, Republicans including Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner introduced a bill to facilitate pharmaceuticals companies’ applications to make their oral contraceptives over-the-counter in 2015, according to The Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Democrats and groups like Planned Parenthood have said Republicans’ push to make birth control easier to access could mean insurers won’t cover it, which could drive up out-of-pocket costs.

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  • Ernie Mink says:

    I get some of this why they want to make birth control available over the counter..but that can be dangerous and counter-productive…what happened to actually waiting until people are actually in love, and even married? I am surprised Ted Cruz would work with this crazy lady at all! AOC should NOT be in politics!

  • Steve H says:

    I’m a bit surprised but concerning the issue at hand it’s important that those who wish to engage in sex outside of marriage should be responsible. If it means less women commit the act of abortion I’d say it’s a good deal. I commend Cruz for stepping up to the plate, I hope Cortez does the same. Discourse has always been the answer, maybe this is a beginning to stem one the USA’s most disturbing issues.

  • James Sherwood says:

    Ted Cruz is really trying to do the right thing! Now we know he is a true Conservative, let’s put him on the ballot, after Trump 4 PRESIDENT!
    Starting to like him more every day! 🙂

  • Rosanna Goode says:

    There is over the counter but for men they are called condoms wake up Cruz. It is too dangerous to sell birth control pills without a script. No company will take on the liability that would be there. What is wrong with Cruz and AOC they are ignorant to the fact that women can die from birth control pills without medical history and risks some may have. Disappointed in Cruz where did he leave his brains, we all know AOC has none?

  • cheryl D. says:

    I get my Claritin, by prescription, which Medicare pays. Yet it can be purchased OTC. Why can’t the same happen, with birth control?

  • chris says:

    Too bloody late, her mum should have taken it 30 yrs ago!!!!!!

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