Free contraceptives: Obamacare giveth, IRS taketh away

Your Taxes This was the month Americans re-learned an old life lesson: There’s no such thing as a free lunch. What is “giveth” is always “taketh” away.

The Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate kicked in for everyone on Jan. 1. This is an Affordable Care Act provision requiring employers to offer free contraceptives to their employees as a part of their company health insurance program.

Oh, happy day! President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius smiled benevolently upon the multitude, Sandra Fluke clapped her hands in glee, and the people rejoiced and showed their appreciation.

The expressions of gratitude on Twitter were so numerous that the Twitchy aggregation website thought them worthy of publication. They include:

“Just picked up my birth control. No co-pay. Thank you, Mr. President.”

Jenny Dent:
“No co-pay on my birth control now? I think I’m going to like 2013 #luckyday”

“Obamacare coming in strong and saving me my $5 co-pay on my birth control. #FoFreeee—”

“Went 2 pick up my birth control and no copay! Saves me $120 a year! And hey, no babies for my insurance to pay for! #ObamaCare #winning”

Alas, someone has to pay the tab for all this, and it didn’t take long to find out who that someone is: the very people reaping all the benefits.

Fox News reported that working Americans are seeing smaller paychecks because of the payroll tax hike.

Recent college grad Gabriella Hoffman told the news station that roughly $65 more is taken out of her paycheck in payroll taxes each month.

“As a newly-graduated person, someone coming straight out of college, I don’t like the idea of having less money coming to me due to the selfish interests of people in Congress who don’t have any interest in reducing our financial problems,” Hoffman told “This is an impediment for future economic growth. It’s going to make it harder for young people like myself to get married, find a better job, you name it.”

Of course, the payroll tax increase is supposed to be used for Social Security, not Obamacare. It’s just that it’s the most visible increase at the moment. But there are plenty of other Obamacare taxes that kicked in on Jan. 1, and health insurers are raising rates because of it. Again, nothing is free.

Allison Miller had it all figured out when she tweeted, “Hey Obama If I pay for my own birth control for $10 a month can I have that tax money back?!?”

Check out more Twitter gems compiled by the Twitcjy Team.

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Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen and “Happening Now” co-host John Scott discuss the expiration of the payroll tax holiday in the following clip.


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