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Birth Control Mandates: A Totally Manufactured, Completely False, Non-Issue

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Imagine, if you will, that you are a failed POTUS.  Your economic interventions have achieved the exact opposite of their stated intent.  While that is likely your intended outcome, there are a lot of unhappy people because of it.  Your energy programs have worked as you promised-costs have risen considerably, but that makes people pretty unhappy as well.  You make power grab after power grab, and each and every one causes more failure and misery-just as intended.  Needless to say, you’d really like the media to obsessively talk about something else, because you need a distraction from your “Clowarding and Pivening” of the Republic.    It doesn’t matter if it’s an exaggeration, or even  if it’s a complete fabrication.  The news cycle needs to be clogged with nonsense so the people don’t hear about your failures.

The MSM, represented by former Clinton staffer and current ABC talking head, George Stephanopoulos,  tried to jumpstart a distraction during one of the recent Republican debates.

He failed.  And it was an epic failure, because, as Romney pointed out, no one wants to ban contraception-so why bring it up at all, unless it’s a distraction? (wink-wink-nudge-nudge)

But, in my potentially “hypothetical” scenario, the efforts can’t stop there.  After all, you are still a failed POTUS, and a distraction must be manufactured.  So the efforts continued.  Then, you thought of throwing Catholics, many of which voted for you in 2008, under the bus.  However, being useful idiots, it’s perfectly acceptable to discard them. So, you have one of your minions create a mandate that forces Catholic institutions provide coverage for contraception and abortion.  Surely, that will raise a sufficient ruckus to distract from your failure…right?  Of course, we would all have to completely disregard the fact that birth control is insanely cheap, and readily available, but since when are actual facts important in such matters?

Well, it did-the Catholics raised a very righteous uproar, and actually hit you for violating religious freedom.  Then, you made a compromise that really didn’t change anything, and that part of the story died down.  But, the distraction must go on, so you need to keep it going. So, you get your remaining Congress-minions to hold some hearings, and have some activists “testify” about the human misery and death caused by a lack of coverage for a cheap and readily available class of products.  Here is that testimony…

OK then, contraception can cost $3000 for three years of Law school?  Let’s take a look at the actual costs.  Here is a source…

Pharmacies with Low-Cost Birth Control Pills

Kroger:
Kroger Generic Drug List and Kroger Store Locator
Sprintec or Trinessa: $9/month or $24/3 months
Price may higher in CA, MN, WY

Kmart:
Kmart Generic Drug List and K-Mart Store Locator
Sprintec or Trisprintec: $10/month

Target:
Target Generic Drug List (under women’s health) and Target Store Locator
Sprintec or Trisprintec: $9/month
Ortho Cyclen: $4/month
Price may be higher in CA, MN, MT, PA, RI, TN, WI, and WY.

Wal-Mart:
Wal-Mart Generic Drug List, (under women’s health) and Wal-Mart Store
Locator
Sprintec or Trisprintec: $9/month
Price may be higher in CA, HI, MN, MT, PA, TN, WI, and WY.

Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club Generic Drug List and Sam’s Club Store Locator
Sprintec or Trisprintec: $9/month
Price may be higher in CA, HI, MN, MT, PA, TN, WI, and WY.

Obviously, birth control pills do not cost a grand a year.  Even Planned Parenthood agrees…

First, you’ll need to get a prescription. Visit a Planned Parenthood health center, a clinic, or a private health care provider for a prescription. Your health care provider will discuss your medical history with you, check your blood pressure, and give you any othermedical exam that you may need. If you need an exam, it may cost about $35$250.

Birth control pills may be purchased with a prescription at a drugstore or clinic. They cost about $15–$50 a month. 

Planned Parenthood works to make health care accessible and affordable. Some health centers are able to charge according to income. Most accept health insurance. If you qualify, Medicaid or other state programs may lower your health care costs. 

Call your local Planned Parenthood health center to get specific information on costs.

But, what of condoms?  I visited the Condom Depot to see how much condoms cost-even in bulk.  Here are the results…

Of course, I chose the rainbow condoms, just in case Ms. Fluke is feeling festive.  At any rate, let’s do the math…

She will be in law school for 1095 days.  Divided by 10,000 condoms that cost slightly less than the $3000 dollars that she quoted, she can have protected sexual intercourse 9.13 times a day.  Now, if Ms. Fluke, and the “faces” that she sees every day, actually have sexual intercourse 9.13 times a day, they might really need financial assistance to cover the condom bill.  In the end, no matter how much she partakes, she wants the rest of us to pay for her to have sex…alot of sex.

Which brings Rush Limbaugh into the game.  Those of you that listen to Limbaugh know that he takes great pleasure in ridiculing nonsense like this false testimony.  Naturally, he chimed in…

That, of course, led to a complete crap-storm on the left.  Here are some links: Los Angeles TimesWashington PostAngry BearCBS NewsNewsBusters.org blogsL.A. NOWBusiness InsiderWashington MonthlyThe Right ScoopNews DeskJay Bookman and Gawker.

Of course, Limbaugh doesn’t care, and is laughing about the entire thing.  The left has caused two of his sponsors to stop advertising on his show, and frankly, if they want to ignore his 20,000,000 (plus) listeners, they probably do so at their own peril, as they might boycott the advertisers.

And, when this dies down, the story will be rinsed and repeated.  Or perhaps, even completely different story will be manufactured.  But no matter what, we can’t spend a moment talking about the economy, can we?

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  • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

    When faced with the facts and the reality of a particular situation, the left has a habit. They begin by lying and distorting the truth. Then they change the subject and bring up a completely different topic, something that fits their narrative. This is nothing more and nothing less than that. Heaven up us if they had to talk about the economy or the rising price of oil and gas.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Indeed. They try hard not to, because those narratives are hard to push.
      1. Blame Bush.
      2. Unemployment benefits stimulate the economy.
      3. Blame Bush
      4. Blame Bush

      In reality, had they opened Alaska when Bush suggested it, early in his Presidency, we would have had that oil years ago.

  • http://www.manhattaninfidel.com Infidel de Manahatta

    Sex 9.13 times a day? I miss college!

    But seriously folks, the louder the louder the liberal indignation the more they are desperately trying to create a distraction.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      We talk about the MSM being weaker than they have ever been, but they still have the ability to follow their regressive masters and push a story, even if it isn’t one.

  • http://americaswatchtower.com Steve Dennis

    I think you summed this whole issue up perfectly, it is a manufactured issue designed to take the focus off of Obama and his failures and the Republicans have fallen for it once again.
    Although I wouldn’t say Stephanopoulos failed, he knew the contraception issue was coming, this was coordinated with the White House and was just the opening salvo. It set the stage for what was to come. I do think he would have liked to get a Romney soundbite saying states could ban contraception but Romney didn’t bite so Stephy lost on that regard.
    The Republicans need to get back onto the real issues here, they are throwing this election away.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks Steve. In the end, this is why we call the GOP the “Stupid Party.”

  • http://therepublicanmother.blogspot.com republican mother

    I agree this is a non-issue. The REAL issue is that the Federal Government is forcing citizens to buy the product of insurance, which leads to higher medical costs. This is a manufactruied crisis to get the nation from talking about the substantial issues:

    Communization of our country
    NDAA – arrests without warrents
    police state escalations
    complete dollar devaluation
    a military beholden to the UN and not the USA
    Agenda 21 in progress

    I could go on, but you get the idea…

    None of this will mean chop suey if our currency collapses.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Indeed. Though for the national narrative, we need to focus on the economy. Obama’s policies are hitting people in the wallets. That needs to be the focus.

  • http://alwaysonwatch3.blogspot.com/ Always On Watch
  • Ema Nymton

    “Imagine, if you will, that you are a failed POTUS. Your economic interventions have achieved the exact opposite of their stated intent. While that is likely your intended outcome, there are a lot of unhappy people because of it. Your energy programs have worked as you promised-costs have risen considerably, but that makes people pretty unhappy as well. You make power grab after power grab, and each and every one causes more failure and misery-just as intended. Needless to say, you’d really like the media to obsessively talk about something else, because you need a distraction from your “Clowarding and Pivening” of the Republic. It doesn’t matter if it’s an exaggeration, or even if it’s a complete fabrication. The news cycle needs to be clogged with nonsense so the people don’t hear about your failures.”

    Yes, but people do not have to imagine. G W Bush, appointed POTUS, was something youse guys could be proud of; failure being _your_ game. Now USA has had a long slog back from the brink of RepublicanT Party rule.

    Ema Nymton
    ~@:o?
    .

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Um Ema, I don’t know which post you are actually commenting on, since you didn’t actually comment on any of the content of this one. Though, I think Larry identified your tactic before you ever left your comment…

      When faced with the facts and the reality of a particular situation, the left has a habit. They begin by lying and distorting the truth. Then they change the subject and bring up a completely different topic, something that fits their narrative. This is nothing more and nothing less than that. Heaven up us if they had to talk about the economy or the rising price of oil and gas.

      Thanks for proving Larry correct!

      • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

        You mean I got something right for a change? How about them apples! ;)

        • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

          Larry, you are usually always right. It’s just that you called her out prior to her comment. It is a common lefty tactic. She just didn’t know that we are very familiar with it, and will call it out when we see it.

          I doubt she’ll see the irony.

  • Ema Nymton

    .

    Not to put a too sharp a point on this …

    “… don’t know which post you are actually commenting on, since you didn’t actually comment on any of the content of this one …”

    Given how many different ‘content’ you put into your original posting, is it at all surprising that normal healthy humans would come to the conclusion you were writing about Mr Bush as POTUS? You do realize the fact that Mr Obama has been playing a deep long game and WINNING, don’t ya? He has moved forward many positive people’s government programs despite active sabotage by members of the RepublicanT Party.

    The irony here is – that if as you say it is his intended design to cause “more failure and misery-just as intended” then he is a success. But you

    Ema Nymton
    ~@:o?
    .

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Ema, you haven’t failed to disappoint. You have, in fact, doubled down on your changing of the subject. Additionally, your dismissive tone leads to the typical next step in leftist “debate;” insulting the messenger.

      You have yet to present any facts to disprove anything I wrote in my post. And, once again, you haven’t even attempted discussed any of the content of the post. Of course, if you had, I could present additional evidence for my points, but you would ignore that as well. Your goal is to distract from the topic at hand, and discuss something irrelevant, which, ironically, is exactly what the administration and MSM are doing with the non-existent birth control issue.

      Needless to say, I will not be following you down the rabbit hole. Kindly discuss the post, or comment at a blog that will entertain you.

  • http://edgeofthesandbox.wordpress.com/ edge of the sandbox

    Impressive post.
    I see what you are saying about the manufactured story.
    I agree about Limbaugh sponsors. They reacted to some crap-storm on the right and lost audience. Rush said today that he’ll replaced them.
    Birth control is a real issue, but we have it all wrong. When we surrender our contraception market to the government, we enable the government to make family planning decisions for us. We, women, need to see through it. I wrote about it here:
    http://edgeofthesandbox.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/no-cost-contraception-is-a-phony-womens-issue/

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks EOTS, yes, making contraception, and abortion, an entitlement is yet another potential control mechanism.

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