An Illinois congressman says he is taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to a compromise over who covers the cost of birth control. Under what the White House calls a compromise, health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventative care for women, with no co-pays. U.S. Rep. Robert Dold (R-Winnetka) says at this point, he is going to see how it plays out in Washington and across the nation.
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“Certainly I think that the president overstepped on this situation and we’ll see kind of how that shakes out with regard to the compromise,” Dold said. “We’re just going to have to wait and see in terms of if there’s going to be any other movement coming out of the White House.” Asked if the compromise sounded fair, Dold said in the end it will boil down to the First Amendment with regard to freedom of religion and freedom of speech. The requirement is part of an expansion of coverage for women's preventative care under the national health care law. Also to be covered without co-pays are breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual “well-woman” physical, screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer and for diabetes during pregnancy, counseling on domestic violence, and other services. Catholic bishops vowed to fight an earlier proposal that would’ve required Catholic-run institutions to cover birth control in employees’ health insurance plans. The compromise places the matter in the hands of insurers, but some bishops are still not keen on the idea of mandating the coverage of birth control.