Obamacare, Contraception, Rush, and his Slut

(Note: the meat of the post starts with the second paragraph. I just like to hear my voice in my head a bit too much.)

My main motivation for writing this is the chance to use the word “slut” profusely. I like sluts.  Delicious, creamy sluts.  To define: A slut is someone who will fuck anybody; a bitch is someone who will fuck anybody BUT YOU.  Unfortunately I know lots of bitches.  Those that aren’t turn out to be succubi (thus, the only slut in my life is my right hand).  And this has nothing to do with the rest of the post.  I just laughed enough thinking about it to feel the need to include it.

So let’s talk about Rush first. His comments crossed the line, and distract from the discussion.  He’s suffered the requisite chewing for his stupid comments, issued the requisite apology, and the Rush-haters won’t accept it for any reason because they don’t like free speech they disagree with.   I’m not going to defend the comment other than this:  I understand what he was trying to do, and sometimes you fuck up when you’re trying to think of entertainingly outrageous (but not over-the-line) shit to say on the fly for hours at a time.  Having done radio and currently doing a podcast where (thank FSM) I can edit something really bad before it hits air, and having made said fuckups enough time to have gotten the boot once, it happens.

But the fact that Rush felt that the discussion merited focusing on the fuck habits of Sandra Fluke, even in an intentionally absurd way, makes him look like an ignorant slut.

Now I do have a real problem with his characterization of her as a prostitute, because I have more respect for actual prostitutes than I do for Fluke.

Now as to contraception activist Sandra Fluke (best pronounced “fluhk” so as to rhyme with fuck).  Here’s the paragon of “progressive” thinking, who went to a Jesuit university, where it’s pretty obvious they’re not going to cover contraception in their health care (for obvious religious objections), and is trying to use the police power of government to force them to do so.  Then she appears at a pseudo-hearing to give wildly inflated prices for contraception (which, of course will be the actual prices once the government starts mandating it), and confusing what a right actually is.  This makes her an ignorant slut too.

So now that we’re worried about contraception (something that worries morons like the hyper-Catholic theoNazi Santorum, because it’s “unnatural” or some shit), and the hyper-statists on the left have another social conservative issue to hit the GOP with, using the ignorant-slut-attracting phrase “war on women” to further deflect from the real issue, which is part of the greater evil of the 0bamacare individual mandate.

The real issue, which got lost among the oodles of ignorant sluts out there, is the mandating of one individual to pay for someone else’s shit.  Don’t care if it’s contraception, health care, school lunch, bailouts, or cock pumps (which are pretty messy to use on roosters, as I discovered in the pre-Internet days before I Googled “cock pump”).  The point is that to enforce these things as “rights” you have to deprive another person of their life, liberty, or property to provide it.  And that is antithetical to the concept of a natural right.

Access to something means that there are no government (or in some cases, social) barriers to prevent you from obtaining something.  It sure as shit does not mean that the government has the the power to compel others to buy it for you.  And hopefully, if you buy the patently false argument that access=free shit, it’s only because you’re an ignorant slut.

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12 Responses to Obamacare, Contraception, Rush, and his Slut

  1. satyavat says:

    Exactly what kind of”inflated” prices did she quote and how do youknow they’re inflated pray tell?

    • Here’s the link: http://reason.com/archives/2012/03/07/sandra-flukes-protection-racket

      The relevant paragraph (without the embedded links) is as follows:

      Fluke claimed that “without insurance coverage, contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school,” which translates into $1,000 a year, or about $83 a month. Even taking into account the cost of a medical appointment, that estimate seems high, since you can buy a month’s worth of birth control pills for less than $20 online or pay $9 for generic versions at Walmart. Condoms are about 50 cents each in packs of 12, and the amortized cost of a diaphragm, according to Planned Parenthood, averages about $2 a month.

      In other words, out of the realm of insurance and government buying, you can find cheap contraception. I can find more sources if you want, but I don’t want to have to use the most overused phrase in this post again.

  2. satyavati says:

    You’re goddamn right the pill is that expensive. Do you think there’s just ONE kind of pill or that EVERY woman can use the same pills? When I was on the pill (for MEDICAL REASONS) I was on Micronor, which is a progesterone-only pill and cost well over $125 a month, and that was YEARS ago.

    Does every person with high blood pressure get the same medication? Do you think contraception is one size fits all pills? Wrong. This is a case of another dumb shit man who thinks he knows what the fuck he’s talking about, when he doesn’t. There are DOZENS AND DOZENS of different types of pill out there and they’re all different. Some are, yes, cheaper than others. Ortho TriCyclen is not so expensive. I couldn’t take it. I couldn’t take LoOvral, I couldn’t take anything but Micronor.

    And as far as diaphragms go: I am deathly allergic to spermacide. No go. This includes spermacide on condoms, spermacide laden sponges, spermacide suppositories and any other thing you might want to consider that you can buy over a counter that’s loaded with spermacide.

    Again. Please stop thinking you know what the fuck you’re talking about when it comes to this kind of thing.

    • Right. I do happen to know what the fuck I’m talking about, generally. There are exceptions, and Fluke was throwing out general figures, as though all women have to shell out assloads of cash to not get pregnant. I have general figures as well which dispute those. I can’t really help that you’re the specific fucking exception to the rule. And in cases where insurance does cover the expensive shit, no problem. I’m guessing your insurance (which you probably checked out when you looked at your current employer) covers said expensive shit.

      However, NOT ONE FUCKING BIT of this side trip into the cost of contraception negates the actual point that it is not a function of government to take a gun, point it at someone’s head (as government is force) and say “buy this shit,” whether for yourself, or someone else.

  3. satyavati says:

    At the time my insurance DIDN’T cover it. And I’m not on it anymore. Neither of these things are the point. How do you know I’m the exception? Do you know what percentage of women who take oral contraceptives take them for medical reasons? Do you know what percentage of women don’t fit into your cheap generic Walmart contraceptive mold? And NOT ONE FUCKING BIT of this entire focus on contraception brings into light the fact that this bullshit religious exemption legislation will allow employers to basically deny people whateverthefuck they want to, including insulin, porcine heart valves, psychiatric services, you name it. But that’s not important, right? As long as we make it more difficult for women to be women and to take care of themselves.

  4. This is the problem with the whole idea that someone else is responsible for paying for your healthcare. It’s an absolute reason why the individual should be the one paying for their own insurance, and not their employer, or their school, or the government. Because as you remove the individual from control, and you require it of someone else to be the person, and you start mandating this and not that, and every thing you are complaining about above, then the costs skyrocket, choice dies, and more people get fucked by the system.

    And before you get onto the kick about the poor getting fucked and dying, there will always be people that will get fucked and die. The best we can do is have a system that is most equitable, that maximizes liberty, that controls cost, and is sustainable. And we’ve been going the wrong way for decades. Your reaction to my point (the whole “…the fact that this bullshit religious exemption legislation will allow employers to basically deny people whateverthefuck they want to, including insulin, porcine heart valves, psychiatric services, you name it.” argument) is exactly a symptom of that.

  5. satyavati says:

    The reason, and you can ask people who actually WORK in healthcare and KNOW wtf they’re talking about (as opposed to all the armchair quarterbacks and hypocrites) will tell you that by having EVERYONE insured the costs will go down. Why? Because the cost of the uninsured, which is currently divided across the industry (raising the price of healthcare across the industry) will be dramatically reduced.

    Like most Americans, who live in very small and dark boxes with no desire to get out and see anything except themselves, you obviously disregard the fact that the United States is the only civilized nation that has no universal healthcare, and not only pays vastly more per capita than anywhere else, also has some of the poorest results. Of course, you don’t want to see or admit that.

    I am not even going to get into the unbelievably vast hypocrisy you display here as someone who lives off the same system you claim to deplore. if you hate it that much, get off it. At least practice whar you pontificate.

    • You make the assumption that I disregard everything outside my little hole in the world. Like most people that make assumptions, there’s ass involved.

      There are two ways that you can deal with the health care and health care payment situation. You can either force everyone into a giant system where prices can be kept low not by market forces (which hasn’t existed in health care in this country for decades) but by making quality equally shitty except for the people who can afford to flee the country, because the last people who have a say when someone else has control are the doctor and patient (and if you doubt that, look at the bureaucracy you already have to deal with). Or, you can try a market-based solution, jettison the idea that someone other than the individual is responsible, and have the best chance to deliver the best available health care to those who need it most, with provisions made for those who can’t afford even the basics.

      I accept the premise that the health care market will never be completely free of the shackles of government. But considering the mess that most civilized nations in the world deliver mediocre care to the masses while those who can afford it go somewhere else, and they aren’t in as bad financially as we are (primarily because of existing out-of-control entitlements like medicare), perhaps we need to find a proven way to lower costs, not the way that history has shown us ___—!!!ALWAYS!!!—___ leads to higher costs, no matter what bullshit the politicians feed us.

  6. satyavati says:

    Mediocre care? The US ranks #37 in healthcare among industrialized nations. The nations with the highest positive outcomes all have at least a partially socialized system. But hoorah for American Exceptionalism, right?

    • Do you intentionally pick out a word or two just to find another point on which to argue? I’m trying to find where I blathered out something about having the greatest health care in the world. Oh yeah, it’s because I didn’t quote any statistics, since most statistics tend to be meaningless when the people counting want a certain outcome. In terms of innovation, we kick ass. But as for our delivery, we do have a partially socialized system. And it’s fucking miserable. Ask a veteran, especially one we should be taking care of. I don’t need to belabor that point.

      However, unlike you, I don’t know what magic trick will make us all better. All I can do is go on history, which has shown a couple thing.

      First, when the federal government takes over, costs go up, quality goes down. find me a big example where it hasn’t. I’m sure there’s some little way it helped ins some field, but take any entitlement and see what happened.

      Second, we can’t afford more government right now. We can’t even afford the current government. Hell, we can’t even afford government under the last president anymore. So how does continuing to entangle a bloated sow of a government further into the current clusterfuck of healthcare make any fucking sense. Maybe we can have the discussion when the spending orgy is under control. Maybe we’ll go the way of Greece first.

      By the way, I note that in all of this sidetracking into the irrelevant, you never explained why an individual should be compelled to buy shit for either themselves or someone else, since that’s the point of discussion that was lost when Clash of the Ignorant Sluts began.

  7. Z-man says:

    When I first read this story I pronounced the gal’s name “fluke” as in the fish. When I learned a few days ago it was pronounced the other way I thought they were making this stuff up. I laughed at your definition of bitches to which I would add a bitch is someone who calls in the sexual harassment police when you ask her out more than once but then fucks all the sexual harassment counselors.

  8. Z-man says:

    Re the original Rush comments though in poor taste of course when someone else, in this case Ms. Fluke opens up about their sexual habits even if only in a vague and general sense and $3,000 for birth control expenses during Law School kinda treads into TMI then Rush or any other social or political commentator can comment as they see fit. I don’t put contraception in the same category as porcine heart valves or insulin as sex is basically an elective act but you can’t help it if you have a leaky heart valve. It’s kinda glomming sexual habits and real medical needs all together and I do remember reading some case law in the papers where a court says a Jehovah’s has to give their kid a much-needed and life-saving blood transfusion. What I like about Pat M’s principle is it’s not so much a social-conservative principle just whatever the hell you’re into pay for your own shit. I think it’s that that rubs people the wrong way not so much Fluke’s sex life although you wonder if Playboy is gonna contact her.

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