When Huckabee Supported Government-Mandated Birth Control Coverage

Bill Scher

If Mike Huckabee ever wants to meet Uncle Sugar, he need only look in the mirror.

Earlier today, Huckabee invented quite the straw man in the not-so-controversial debate over the Obamacare provision requiring health insurers to cover contraception: “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.”

This is not the first time Huckabee has ranted about government-mandated birth control coverage. He called it evidence of “a nation that has lost its morals.” He complained that “since you want me out of your bedroom, I just don’t know why I have to pay for what happens in there.” He has even deemed it a factor in the Sandy Hook mass killings by helping remove God from the “public square.”

He’s been hopping mad about it for two years.

Funny story: in 2005, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee signed a law mandating Arkansas insurance plans provide contraception coverage, including church-affiliated organizations such as hospitals and universities.

Nine years ago, Huckabee thought that the government should ensure that everyone had access to contraception. In fact, as the Los Angeles Times detailed in 2012, all sorts of Republicans were happily embracing contraception coverage mandates in the days of Bush and Clinton.

Then Barack Obama became President.

Perhaps more importantly, then a law was enacted that helped people who don’t have a lot of money get decent health insurance.

And suddenly, mandating contraception coverage became another goodie from Uncle Sugar.

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