Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh and the contraceptive clause in Obamacare

The contraceptive clause in Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage regulation) requires that institutions and enterprises that are owned by religious organizations which don’t believe in contraception will need to provide coverage in their health plan for employees and students. These would include Catholic hospitals, Catholic universities, etc. The clause supporters argue that birth control is necessary for women’s health and well-being.

Sandra Fluke, a third year law student at Georgetown, testified:

1)     “I attend a Jesuit law school that does not provide contraception coverage in its student health plan. Just as we students have faced financial, emotional, and medical burdens as a result, employees at religiously affiliated hospitals and universities across the country have suffered similar burdens.”and “Without insurance coverage, contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school and One told us of how embarrassed and powerless she felt when she was standing at the pharmacy counter, learning for the first time that contraception wasn’t covered, and had to walk away because she couldn’t afford it. Women like her have no choice but to go without contraception.”

 Georgetown Law program takes 3 academic years for full-time student, so based on what she said the average cost for contraception is about $1000 a year, or $80 a month.

With $80, one can buy 6 boxes of 60 Durex condoms, a total of 360 condoms—i.e. one can have sex once a day for about the whole year at an average cost of about 22 cents each time. Also, a month supply of generic oral contraceptive costs as little as $15, or about $200 a year.

 2)     A friend of mine, for example, has polycystic ovarian syndrome and has to take prescription birth control to stop cysts from growing on her ovaries. Her prescription is technically covered by Georgetown insurance because it’s not intended to prevent pregnancy. Under many religious institutions’ insurance plans, it wouldn’t be, and under Senator Blunt’s amendment, Senator Rubio’s bill, or Representative Fortenberry’s bill, there’s no requirement that an exception be made for such medical needs.

 I believe religious institutions/organizations should be exempted from providing a health plan with coverage of contraception. However, I also believe such health plans should have a requirement of an exception to be made for medically necessary conditions.

 3)     One student told us that she knew birth control wasn’t covered, and she assumed that’s how Georgetown’s insurance handled all of women’s sexual healthcare, so when she was raped, she didn’t go to the doctor even to be examined or tested for sexually transmitted infections because she thought insurance wasn’t going to cover something like that, something that was related to a woman’s reproductive health.

 I don’t know what to think here—a college student who would not go to the hospital for examination after being raped because she assumed it was not covered by her insurance. In reality, in this country—the United States of America, any hospital would treat rape victim even if she has no insurance. It seems this is an extreme of made up example aiming to blame the system!

Sandra Fluke is entitled to her opinions. She has a brain just like anyone else. She can use it anyway she wishes as long as it’s within the laws. She can express her desire for having her contraception free of charge so that she can have sexual intercourses without any impacts to her budget. She can choose to enroll at a Catholic institution, knowing contraception is not covered in the school’s health plan, and then demands such coverage to be provided. She can do all that—and we don’t have to agree with her. But we don’t need to call her slut.

Rush Limbaugh was absolutely wrong for calling her slut and prostitute.

As much as the Democrats would want everyone to believe, Rush Limbaugh is not the voice for the conservatives nor is he the voice for the Republicans.

Often, the incumbent president should and would run on his records in the first term while seeking re-election. President Obama’s records are:

1)     Unemployment rate is still high:

8.3% unemployment rate (actual unemployment rate is 15.9% if people who are under-employed or have given up searching for jobs are included).

13.6% unemployment rate among the African Americans and 10.5% among Hispanics.

14% unemployment rate among the young adults, and 9.1% unemployment rate among the recent college graduates.

2)     45.8 million on food stamps (aka Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program-SNAP)—almost 15% of the country’s population

3)     Total national debts are over 15 trillion—with almost 4 trillion coming from his administration in just 3 years 2010-2012

4)     While Obama cut defense spending, China has just increased its defense spending by 11.2% as it continues its bully policies in the Asia-Pacific in disputes of the East Sea with Vietnam, Philippines and others; and in disputes of the East China Sea with Japan.

As much as the Democrats and the left media want to turn everyone’s attentions to social issues, this election year should be about the economy, unemployment, national debts and China’s increased aggression—of which Obama has no good records to show for.

Ch3 Nguyen

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