Nearly forty years passed, but who's counting?
I never thought contraception would be an issue that divided government policy in my lifetime. Not once. In fact, because of so many folks of the anti-abortion stance, I figured contraception was a win-win for both sides of the family planning argument.
Yet, despite all the hoopla over hormonal birth control these days, I still think it's what the general population wants. I mean, Rush Limbaugh does not speak for everyone. Rush Limbaugh speaks for himself, and sometimes, I even wonder if that's true. Forgive any mental image, but do you actually think Rush has mastered the pull-out method? Is this a man who refrains from sexual encounters with women? I'll bet money he's been with women who have not given birth to his spawn because of birth control medication that they had to go to the doctor to get a prescription for. His hateful tirade on Sandra Fluke, because of her testimony on behalf of women's health to make a case that insurance companies should pay for prescription contraception, was so absolutely ridiculous, I am now wondering why this man has not yet been fired. All of that coming from someone who curses drug abusers while doctor shopping for his own prescription addiction.
You know what? I bet those pain pills he was popping were paid for, at least in part, by his insurance company. And I don't even want to think about it, but if he takes Viagra, I'm certain his insurance helps him pay for that, too.
Well, screw Rush Limbaugh. If there was ever a greater distraction from the real issue, he is it.
I have no idea how long contraception, in its various forms, has been around. I'm not going to research the issue either, because I know that it's been around long enough to be generally accepted as okay for society. In fact, I think it's been regarded as good. To be honest, I don't really think "the pill" is great for women, as it disrupts their natural balance, controlling a cycle that has been in place for eons. However, that is my personal belief, and I would prefer for other women to make that decision themselves, legally. I would prefer that it also not be a financial obstacle for anyone. And I would prefer that people not threaten its coverage whilst pills for erections are still both allowed and financially covered.
If you want to de-fund any means assisting pregnancy prevention, then please de-fund a pill which specifically allows men to impregnate.
Rush Limbaugh's attacks may be the focus for some, but for me, it's a red herring. A giant flag waving amidst the combat-zone to deter eyes from the actual gunfire.
What's really happening, and bear with me, because I haven't gotten all of this figured out just yet, but what's really happening has much more to do with priorities than it does birth control. Virginia is in the midst of passing a law belittling women. Oklahoma and Texas have passed similar laws. Mississippi tried it, too. The Blunt-Rubio Amendment, albeit a disaster, really comes too close to the edge for many. See a pattern?
All of that is way more important than heartless and useless attacks from some sweaty and outdated radio personality. This is a movement against women. A movement against commonsense. A movement against everything we have fought for and won in America's winding path to freedom for all.
If this isn't insurance companies lobbying against anything they think they can get away with not paying, then I don't know what is. Because of The Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are now forced to cover people, such as young adults until they reach the age of 26, that they wouldn't have had to cover before, so they're looking for ways to cut costs. Lobbying is an art, folks. To think they aren't constantly coming up with new ways to avoid paying for something is naive at best. And if at least 90% of women use the pill, what better target? And what better way to justify not covering it than to say it's against religious freedom? Of course, they aren't saying it directly; that's the point of behind-closed-doors lobbying. It's just another way for Big Insurance to save money, and it's despicably obvious.
Really, they should be after drug companies, since they're the ones who jack medication prices up so callously that it should be criminal, but since they're all in cahoots together, there's no reason why they shouldn't pluck our so-called "morality" strings to really get the base jumping.
What a crock. I don't buy it.
Corporations are not people. They're a handful of them, each hiding behind the other, hoping their pockets expand.
Rush Limbaugh may look like a jerk, but he's really a puppet, and the real crook is behind the curtain.
Just business as usual.
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