Attention Media: Walmart and Target Have Been Offering $9 Birth Control Since 2007

For over two months the Left and their media minions have been making a big stink about the need for mandatory health insurance coverage of contraceptives.

In all this fuss and distraction from the real problems this nation is facing, nobody noticed that since 2007 Walmart has been offering a month's worth of birth control pills for only $9 (emphasis added):

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Sept. 27, 2007 – Walmart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced phase two of its $4 prescription program with changes that will help even more Americans deal with the high-cost of healthcare. The program – which has already saved Americans more than $610 million in its first year – has been expanded in two key ways:

More medicines covering more categories – Important prescription medicines have been added to the $4 program covering glaucoma, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), fungal infections and acne. Fertility and prescription birth control will also be included at $9, compared to national average prices ranging from $24 to $30 per month and saving women an estimated $15 to $21 per month – $180 to $250 annually.

Two days later, Target matched Walmart's offer.

The updated Retail Prescription Drug List for Walmart shows the following women's health medications (birth control bolded):

Women’s Health                                         $4, 30-day $10, 90-day
Estradiol 0.5mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . 30 . . . . . .90
Estradiol 1mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ . . .. 30 . . . . . .90
Estradiol 2mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..........30 . . . . . .90
MedroxyprogesteroneAcetate 2.5mg tab . . . . . 30 . . . . . .90
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate 5mg tab . . . . . . 30 . . . . . .90
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate 10mg tab . . . . . 10 . . . . . .30
Alendronate SOD 35mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 . . . . . .12
Alendronate SOD 70mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . ....... 4 . . . . . .12
Clomiphene 50mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... 5 . . . . . .15
Sprintec 28-day tab . . . . . . . . .. . .. . .......28 . . . . .N/A
Tamoxifen 10mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........60 . . . . . 180
Tamoxifen 20mg tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........30 . . . . . .90
Tri-Sprintec 28-day tab . . . . . .. . . . . . ....28 . . . . .N/A


A 28-day supply of Sprintec and Tri-Sprintec are still available for $9. The other medications are mostly for menopause and other women's health issues.

Add it all up, and women can get birth control at Walmart for the cost of two lattes at Starbucks.

Yet for the past two months, the Left and their media minions have been making contraceptives out as so expensive that women can't possibly afford them if they're not included in their health insurance plans.

What's the next red herring the press are going to concoct to distract the public's attention from soaring gas prices, staggering budget deficits, stubbornly high unemployment, and another war looming in the Middle East?

*****Update: Target's online pharmacy also lists 28-day supplies of Sprintec and Tri-Sprintec are available for $9. 

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.