sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

February 29, 2012

Several Reasons Not to Love Government Healthcare

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , — edge of the sandbox @ 11:38 am

One demographic whose health care coverage ought to be fully covered by the federal government are our service men and women and veterans.  But in an effort to force military families into state-run Obamacare exchanges, the Obama administration developed a plan that will potentially more than triple their medical insurance costs, while leaving the costs to civilian defense personal unchanged.  (Saw it on several blogs, at PJ Mom’s first.)

Considering that it’s all going towards the government takeover of the private insurance business, there is no need to worry, because under the contraception mandate we can get the Pill free.  I mentioned it before, seeing how contraception is not prohibitively expensive, federal government is not inserting itself to solve any problems here.  Even if it were pricy, whether or not I use birth control and what kind, is between me, my husband and my doctor, and I’d rather keep the government out of it.

According to a February 22 Rasmussen poll, 38% of likely voters think insurers should be required by law to provide the morning after pill for free of charge while 50% oppose this policy.  The issue of free contraception merely gives Democrats a split in public opinion.  Now we hear that Nancy Pelosi held a hearing at which a Georgetown law student testified that her girlfriends can’t shell out $100 a month for the Pill.  The testimony included a harrowing story of a lesbian who needed the medication solely for health reasons, but was denied and has to now cope with the prospect of early menopause.   All that because she couldn’t find $100 a month?  (Saw it on several blogs, at Legal Insurrection first.)

I spent a good portion of my life on college campuses, both as graduate and an undergrad, but I never met a woman who couldn’t afford birth control.  If nobody mentioned this disheartening inability to purchase contraception, it’s not because we were too sheepish to talk about such things.  And now, just wave the specter of free birth control in front of the law students’ noses, and, turns out, they cannot cover the cost.  Allegedly.  Why are we hearing all these anecdotes in third person?

In any event, in my student days our food/drink/shopping/entertainment budget ran into the  hundreds of dollars a month, and all too often if we couldn’t afford something we liked, we charged it.  Well, that was in the pre-Obama economy.  Perhaps Georgetown Law students should be advised to budget for contraception specifically.

Which shouldn’t be hard.  In my 20 years in the States I’ve met many uninsured women; I once was one of them.  There are many benefits to having an insurance, and I certainly heard quite a few complaints.  Strangely enough, non of the uninsured women, many of whom were just barely employed, fretted over the cost of birth control.

More importantly, why is the federal government mandating that insurance companies supply coeds with the Pill while on the other end of the centrally planned health care our military is dumped onto the state exchanges?  This kind of politicization of health care is something we’ve been warned about from the get-go.



  1. Ah, but for those with a feminist axe to grind, of course it chafes that they have to pay their own way for sex. Ugh! Thanks for the link, btw!

    Comment by pjMom — February 29, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    • Sex is a quintessential grown up activity. If one is not willing to take responsibility for for an offspring or can’t figure out how to delay pregnancy, she should move in with her parents. And by “parents” I don’t mean “government”.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — February 29, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

  2. Ah yes, a very telling dichotomy you’ve pointed out. Thanks for sticking up for the military. I’m burying my head in the sand, and hoping this passes us by, like the “lets get rid of the 20 year pension” idea did. Assuming that hubs retires in the future, we’ll have the rest our lives to worry whether Uncle Sam makes good on his employment bargain, ie, retirement pay and tricare for life in exchange for a big chunk of our lives in service of this nation.

    Man, when we first started out in the military life, I never wouldve imagined the job/pension security was so insecure, after all.


    Comment by nooneofanyimport — March 1, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    • Thank you for your sacrifices. It’s a shame that military benefits are so politicized.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — March 1, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

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