Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

Maybe Sandra Fluke lives in the wrong neighborhood?

In Opinion on March 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

One man’s slut is another man’s rape victim

And

Rush Limbaugh is a lyin’ ass bitch

1.  Earlier in the week, Sandra Fluke testified [under oath?] before a Congressional committee.  She claims that she and many of her friends (“40% of female students at Georgetown Law report struggling financially as a result of this policy”) can’t afford birth control unless their university (where they pay approximately $45,000 per year in tuition) pays for it through its insurance program.  She insinuates that her and her friends’ [sex] life might not be worth having without a subsidy.  [We have yet to be told what they’re doing without the subsidy, by the way.  Paying with their own money, rhythm method, abstinence?]  (NOTE:  I intentionally ignore the portion of her testimony about a friend who needs birth control pills to address a health matter unrelated to sexual activity or reproduction – I don’t think that was central to her testimony; I’ve seen a red herring before.)

2.  Rush Limbaugh, provocation being his stock in trade, says that Sandra Fluke is a slut.

3.  The world, including the POTUS, rushes to Ms. Fluke’s defense.  Well, sort of – I’ve yet to hear one of them say “she is NOT a slut” so maybe they’re just angry that Rush called her one, but that doesn’t really matter.  Then, of course, the chorus repeats, in its standard tolerant tone, its well-known opinion that Rush is a big, fat, rich, Oxycodone-addicted, Viagra-using, four-times-married, childless-so-he-must-use-contraception, backward-thinking, rude S.O.B. who doesn’t deserve to be listened to by more people than any radio broadcaster ever.

I’m thinking that maybe, just maybe, Rush has it wrong.  Maybe she’s not a slut, maybe she is not having nearly as much consensual, casual sex as Rush has inferred from her testimony about the high cost of her contraception.  Maybe it’s something else.

My theory – she’s surrounded by a bunch of rapists!  She doesn’t need contraception, she needs a bodyguard and better police protection in the Georgetown neighborhood.

That makes me wonder.  I live in Georgetown.  If Rush had made that accusation, would anyone, stand up and defend me, would the President call me on my cell?  “Jeff, you’re not a rapist and your parents should be proud of you.”

Or, maybe this isn’t really about her promiscuity, my alleged misogyny or even Rush Limbaugh’s uncivil, insulting language.  (More about which, see HERE.)

Maybe this is about two things:

1.  Health insurance coverage (a group paying money into a common fund out of which will be paid the cost of any unexpected ailments or accidents befalling the unlucky few) should not be viewed as pre-paying for health services or a scheme in which someone else pays to help me prevent an event that is not a sickness, and

2.  Even if we can’t re-learn that definition of insurance, we all should nonetheless enjoy the freedom from being forced to subsidize any part someone else’s life.  Whether it involves Ms Fluke’s desire to twirl a baton or play the flute or relates to her sex life, she, not her fellow students, is responsible for buying her own equipment.

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  1. Well, I pay for car insurance, but it doesn’t pay for new windshield wipers.

  2. Should health insurance pay for medications to help people stop smoking? Aren’t you subsidizing someone else’s life? Does it matter that it COSTS Insurance Companies LESS to have the people they insure NOT smoke (even if they have to pay for the treatments that help them quit) than to pay for the lung disease, heart disease or cancers that will more likely result if they continue smoking? Does it matter that it COSTS Insurance Companies LESS to pay for Contraception than to pay for unplanned pregnancies and births?

    Contraception is not an illness. And neither is pregnancy. But pregnancy IS a medical condition that is covered by health insurance! 99% of sexually active women use contraception. Even 98% of CATHOLIC women use contraception. I’m convinced that if MEN got pregnant, we wouldn’t be arguing about whether contraception should be covered by health insurance or not.

    • Rocking – the debate is not about costs – it’s about laws and freedom. You want to reduce costs – abort ALL babies. See, costs are the issue.

      And the comment about men is nothing but silly – it’s not an argument, it’s a child’s version of a discussion that inspires derision from me.

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