Some days, you run across an article so flaming retarded and transparently deceptive, you have to double-check to make sure you didn’t accidentaly end up at the Onion. . .
But no, in an editorial in USAToday, MiniHealth Head Kathleen Sibelius writes how the recent ruling on contraception “respects religion.” I suppose she means “respect” in the same way that boys “respect” easy girls in the morning.
Here are some excerpts, with some commentary interspersed.
One of the key benefits of the 2010 health care law is that many preventive services are now free for most Americans with insurance. Vaccinations for children, cancer screenings for adults and wellness visits for seniors are all now covered in most plans with no expensive co-pays or deductibles. So is the full range of preventive health services recommended for women by the highly respected Institute of Medicine, including contraception.
As has been pointed out, treating contraception as “preventive medicine” equates pregnancy with the disease, like the flu. Or Cancer. Like you can contract pregnancy, you can “catch” it from other “infected” girls. . . This is the basic mindset revealed at the very beginning– that children, that life itself, is an affliction that must be prevented.
Today, virtually all American women use contraception at some point in their lives. And we have a large body of medical evidence showing it has significant benefits for their health, as well as the health of their children.
1) Well, not me. My version of birth control is called “Keeping my d@mn legs shut!” Chastity is inexpensive, 100% effective (well, there was that one time, ~2,000 yrs ago, but other than that), and doesn’t involve me dosing myself with synthetic chemicals almost every day for the next several decades of my life.
But birth control can also be quite expensive, costing an average of $600 a year, which puts it out of reach for many women whose health plans don’t cover it.
$600/year is far, far less than many precriptions. That’s $50/ month. Which is less than the average woman’s monthly clothing/ shoes budget. These days, that’s not even two tanks of gasoline. And, again, most women don’t need the pill. Sometimes, it is used to treat hormonal imbalance issues caused by real, actual diseases– but in those cases, a letter from the doctor explaining the issues, and how temporary use of Birth Control Pills will fix them, will get even Catholic insurance programs to cover it under their prescription coverage.
That’s why in the rule we put forward, we specifically carved out from the policy religious organizations that primarily employ people of their own faith.
Under this specification, Jesus and the Apostles would not have qualified as being “Religious Enough.” Jesus and later the Apostles were known to reach outside their own religion and sects– to Roman Centurions, to Samaritans, the Heathen Greeks . . . Thomas found his way to India, Andrew to Scotland. . .