February 13, 2012
The Immaculate Contraception
"Immaculate Contraception" is Dan Henninger's line at the WSJ. I give him the full ten points for that bon mot.
I assume we have not discussed this much because it is perhaps too stupid. I just can't get my head around "the compromise." Neither, it seems, can Prof Greg Mankiw:
A. An employer is required to provide its employees health insurance that covers birth control.
Posted by John Kranz at February 13, 2012 12:00 PM
B. An employer is required to provide its employees health insurance. The health insurance company is required to cover birth control.
I can understand someone endorsing both A and B, and I can understand someone rejecting both A and B. But I cannot understand someone rejecting A and embracing B, because they are effectively the same policy.
Too stupid indeed, but I am going to throw in my 2 cents anyway. The word that gets me is, "access." Seems like everytime I hear a liberal defending the Obama policy on this, it is because women have a, "right," to, "access," contraceptive health care. I have not heard of anyone denying them access to birth control. Go to the Dr., pay your bill, get a prescription. Go to the pharmacy, pay your bill, receive your pills.
Women are not being denied access to health care. What they are being denied, "access," to is other people's money (aka FREE contraception). On this point I am 100% with the church. Whew, never thought I'd say that again, being a recovered Catholic myself.
"There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him."
Robert A. Heinlein (The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, 1966)