I've been watching the news and reading the blogs on this whole Women's Healthcare Controversy. It is SO OBVIOUS! Many Men DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE!
Every morning I listen to right wing radio (so you don't have to) so I can research what the Right Wing Extremists are talking about. (Bill Bennett in the Morning) This morning, an ole boy was talking about Rush and Ms. Fluke. He agreed with Rush. "The dame was a floozy. Why do we have to pay for her sex. I bet her parents are ashamed of her."
As you all have heard, Rush Limbaugh called a brave law student, Sandra Fluke, who spoke before Congress supporting Women's Healthcare, a SLUT and a Prostitute. The next day he doubled down and said she should show her Sex Tapes on the internet since taxpayers have to pay for her sex. (Ow! It hurts my fingers to type Limbaugh's spew)
I've also been reading Men's blogs about this issue. Blogger Daniel Sobieski voiced his support of Rush. He said, "Rush Limbaugh, the usually unapologetic conservative pundit, has apologized for using language to describe Sandra Fluke, a 23-year-old Georgetown University law student (she's really 30) whose resume reads more like that of a political activist than a victimized student. He labeled his description "insulting." On the other hand, one wonders what words would apply to a law student in need of $3,000 worth of taxpayer-paid contraceptives as she learns how to handle briefs, no pun intended. Limbaugh's apology came after advertisers began withdrawing their sponsorship. It is their right to do so, and one appreciates that conservatives have often organized boycotts of sponsors of programs whose content they find questionable." (Ahhh, the real reason he apologized - lost advertisers.)
Next, a Male Progressive named Ian commented on My Blog viewing this as a "Feminism" issue vs a Healthcare issue. Ian said: "This is just one more piece of evidence that feminism is a gynocentric ideology with only the interests of women in mind. This is why men even in Progressive circles are finding it hard to reconcile feminism with their other beliefs."
What is becoming abundantly clear to me is, Many MEN DO NOT HAVE A CLUE about this issue and do not view this as a Healthcare issue at all.
Let me take apart these pundits, commenters perspectives, ONE AT A TIME:
Republican MALE PERSPECTIVE 1: The More Birth Control Pills You Take, the more Promiscuous you are.
Answer 1: Birth Control/Contraceptives are NOT like Viagra. You have to take them every day for them to be effective. Contraceptives are prescribed for many female illnesses, including severe cramping, clotting and more.
Republican MALE PERSPECTIVE 2: Lots of Women Don't Want to Take your Birth Control/Contraceptives.
Answer 2: Having Contraceptives on a Health Insurer's formulary does NOT mandate anyone has to prescribe them nor take them.
Repubican MALE PERSPECTIVE 3: I'm NOT going to Pay for your Sex or your Birth Control!
Answer 3: Healthcare involves co-pays, deductibles paid for by the Employee.
Healthcare is viewed as a Benefit paid to the Employee by the Employer, NOT the taxpayers. The issue is, Healthcare providers should include Contraceptives on their Formularies. Then, when contraceptives are prescribed by a Doctor, the employee may obtain the prescription from their pharmacy, paying the established co-pay. By removing Contraceptives from Healthcare Providers' formularies is discrimatory and harmful to women's health.
Republican Perspective 4: The Blunt/Rubio bill goes even further. This bill allows for Employers to remove prescribed medications from their formulary simply by saying these medications are against their beliefs.
Answer4: This opens the door for Employers to remove other prescribed medications from their formularies, including: Aids medication, Cancer medication and additional Female medications.
No one should support Rush Limbaugh for demonizing a brave young woman like Ms. Fluke for telling the truth. Let's all stand strong and help all Americans -- and let's help the Men we know who don't understand that this issue is very important to ALL WOMEN!!