The government likes to control things and the more important those things are to you and me, the more it likes to control them. Even some of the lower court judges who have sided with the plaintiffs in this case, still want to empower the government in the end.
Take Eighth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Roger Wollman, who's brilliant idea for a compromise in this fight was to ask the government to make contraceptives available at "community health centers and public clinics."
Yeah, that's just what consumers who want or need a product want to do, line up at a community center and let everyone see them buying contraceptives. If only there were places all over the country and in just about every neighborhood where people could buy contraceptives and other drugs in relative privacy and convenience… oh wait, I think those places are called drug stores.
Sorry to take such a sarcastic and acerbic tone, but perhaps it's necessary to snap everyone out of the delusion that the government knows what best for us and our reproductive and everything other kind of our health. It's government control of prescription drugs that adds so much to their cost.
And the relative safety people get from added government regulation and control is patently overrated. Remember that when the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 was signed into the law, the new agency known as the FDA was only supposed to use its new powers to enforce better labeling information on drugs, not essentially restrict supply and access by requiring doctor-approved prescriptions.
By keeping drugs prescription-only, drug makers can set their prices based on what insurance companies will pay, not the free market. And as you may have already guessed, insurance companies almost always pay more.