Don't call it health care

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Words and their meaning are important, and emphasizing the teaching of the English language in school is paramount.

The latest political kerfuffle involves the Obama administration’s edict that all employer health-care plans must provide contraceptives free of charge to their covered employees.

The Republicans cast this issue as one of religious freedom, especially for the Catholic church and its various organizations that provide social and medical services to the community.

The Democrats cast this issue as “denying access to women’s health care.”

Think about that phraseology. The only word in the phrase that is accurate is “women’s.” But it makes for a much better image to say you are “denying access to health care,” and they argue that only the mean-spirited would agree with that.

First of all, not conceiving a baby is a lifestyle choice; it is not health care. We have been conceiving babies for thousands of years without any intervention, but now because we can prevent it artificially it is classified as a “health” issue.

Next, the fact that a third party doesn’t want to pay for a lifestyle drug doesn’t deny anyone access. If that is your lifestyle, go on the web and buy the pill for about $2 per day – half the cost of a double-latte. No one buys your broccoli for you, or your car, or your pizza, or your cheeseburger or your hairspray. No one in their right mind would say they are “denied access” to those lifestyle choices, and the same logic holds true for birth-control pills.

Words and their meaning matter. Next time you hear someone claiming that if they don’t get free birth control pills they are being denied access to health care, ask them who buys their cheeseburgers.

Steve Donohue

North Augusta, S.C.

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Retired Army
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Retired Army 03/06/12 - 12:00 am
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Were Mr. Donohue better

Were Mr. Donohue better informed on womens health care issues he would know that these drugs are administered to many women for reasons other than artificial birth control.

When folks like Mr. Donohue(and especially the churches) loudly protest condoms and vasectomies then he/they may earn some standing in this vital health issue.

Now I am well aware that Sean has his eyes on me. I'll be willing to bet that I get at least as many "warnings" as others on here, but Jeez I was sure jealous(NOT)of that "Sweetie" thing that seenit got. All I get is stern papa talk out of him.

That being said this letter really reminds me of a line from Forrest Gump, buit I won't repeat it here, just leave it to your imaginations, such as they are.-cringe-

Haki
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Haki 03/06/12 - 12:20 am
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These right wing extremist

These right wing extremist have seemed to alienate women, race minorities and educated snobs in one month. Keep em coming. Your showing your true meanings.

willie7
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willie7 03/06/12 - 12:45 am
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Mr. Donohue, Don't most
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Mr. Donohue,
Don't most health care plans pay for Viagra?

I know my does.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/06/12 - 12:51 am
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willie7: It should NOT! Men's

willie7: It should NOT! Men's ED is not an issue the rest of the cooperative should pay for. Life ain't always fair, and not being able to have sex is not going to shorten a man's life one second.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 03/06/12 - 12:57 am
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The day we cure pregnancy is

The day we cure pregnancy is the day mankind comes to an end.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/06/12 - 06:37 am
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Willie7 My health insurance

Willie7 My health insurance plan has a hugh co pay for my cialis, no it hardly pays anything at all and I only get a very limited number, of course I can buy more at a much higher price if I want...WA WA WA, maybe Obama will force the insurance company to pay for it..and while were at it I think my tush would feel better in a Porsch, maybe my health insurance plan should pay for that to...BWAHAHAHAHAHA

carcraft
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carcraft 03/06/12 - 06:39 am
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Itsanotherday, I was watching

Itsanotherday, I was watching some stupid afternoon show with a bunch of REAL and young Doctors and actually not having sex is bad for men. So maybe I also need the Porsch so I can pick up more women and have more sex for my health...Do you think Obama would buy it? LOL But if every man gets a Porsch...

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agustinian 03/06/12 - 08:01 am
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Hmmmmm! If the contraceptive

Hmmmmm! If the contraceptive has a legitimate medical use, don't think anyone has a problem with that. Research says 95% of birth control pills are prescribed for -- hold on now, this may surprise you -- yes, birth control.

If Viagra is covered, I am happy for you, did the Federal Government force your employer to cover that?

I think the point being made here is, just because you have to pay for something doesn't equate to "denied access". You pay for a cheeseburger, does that mean you were denied access?

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copperhead 03/06/12 - 08:11 am
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15,000,000,000 more people on

15,000,000,000 more people on food stamps in the last year and a half! Thank you hussein.

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allhans 03/06/12 - 09:05 am
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Not so many years ago women

Not so many years ago women were warned about using birth control pills. They were said to be the cause of many differents ills and helped in the spread of STD's. The condom was the only recommended form of birth control considered safe for a woman's health.
How things does change now that so many expect to get their wants "free".

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madgerman 03/06/12 - 09:22 am
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Man we really love our
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Man we really love our insurance companys today. Personally I have never talked to mine, but I have been paying them religiously for over 40 years. Just think, if they paid for pills then there would be no abortions, but the CEO would have to probably take a whopping $1000 dollar cut in compensation, maybe. What in the world are people thinking? Retired Army said it all but many refuse to believe him.

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soldout 03/06/12 - 09:38 am
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Sin destroys all it touches

Sin destroys all it touches and the health care system is no different. It doesn't matter if it's fraud, greed, or sexual sin it will destroy it. Government should have never been in the health care business and now we are reaping that seed sown many years ago. God wants us healthy so maybe the lifestyle He shows in His Word is the one to follow unless you happen to know more than God........and plenty believe they are smarter than God or his Word. I choose to agree with His Word where it says, "it is not within a man to direct his own path".

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fd1962 03/06/12 - 10:12 am
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And for all those piously
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And for all those piously against abortions too? I have a radical suggestion for you: Just don't have one.

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dichotomy 03/06/12 - 11:22 am
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It is a basic constitutional

It is a basic constitutional issue. Can a religious run entity be forced to provide a service that violates their fundamental religious beliefs. Maybe the SCOTUS would rule that it is legal, and maybe it won't. But it is not a women's health issue.

Mandated birth control coverage vs. the rights of the Catholic Church is not a women's health issue. It only affects women who receive their health insurance from policy provided through a religious organization. And even those women can still get free birth control, for free, by visiting a Planned Parenthood office or local county health clinic.

Nobody is denying anyone birth control pills. It is simply a constitutional question of does a religious organization have to provide a service that violates their beliefs. Don't not get wrapped around the axle of the Democrat spin that it's a women's health issue. It is a fundamental, constitutional, religious issue.

Mrs. Fluke, who is the 30 year old career student who stirred this bogus "women's health issue" pot, is just another liberal ideologue who thinks that everything should be provided for free. What the mainstream liberal press doesn't tell you about her is that she also crusades for insurance policies for everyone should have to provide gender change operations for free. She is not the poor little college student who is just concerned about women's health that the left wing Democrats want you to believe she is. She is just another gimmee free stuff nutcase crusader who has made a career of attending liberal left wing schools to avoid working and paying some taxes to fund the stuff she crusades for. In other words, hypocrite. Her main purpose in life is to make YOU pay for someone else's freebies.

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bjphysics 03/06/12 - 11:41 am
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dichotomy: "It is a basic

dichotomy: "It is a basic constitutional issue. Can a religious run entity be forced to provide a service that violates their fundamental religious beliefs.”

It may have started off with one side seeing it as a women’s health issue and the other side seeing it as a religious liberty issue but now it has morphed into a political football.

If the Left saw this as a way to help make the Right look crazy, they have way underestimated the required labor hours; as the Right now does all the heavy lifting in making themselves look crazy.

Thank you, thank you, thank you…since we are way underspent we will spend the Left-over (pun intended) money on political ads.

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impossible 03/06/12 - 12:10 pm
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Southern Comfort, cigars,
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Southern Comfort, cigars, chocolate, golf balls, green fees, golf shoes, all alcoholic drinks, recreational drugs, newer cars, vacations like the Obamas enjoy at our expense, etc. etc. Liberals generosity knows no bounds when paid for by other peoples' money and amorality.

ForeverFrog
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ForeverFrog 03/06/12 - 12:32 pm
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Rather see birth control

Rather see birth control pills paid for instead of paying for
welfare. It's a lot cheaper!

allhans
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allhans 03/06/12 - 02:03 pm
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I hope people don't think

I hope people don't think that all welfare mothers are on birth control.
How you do carry on!
You could put contraceptives in their hand and they wouldn't use it.
Free pills wont stop their breeding.

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burninater 03/06/12 - 03:52 pm
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I can't imagine how much

I can't imagine how much money we'd save if we stopped paying for lifestyle drugs. All you Medicare recipients on heart disease, cholesterol, blood pressure, and Type B diabetes medication? Time to start shelling out. Ain't our business if you wouldn't eat well and get abundant exercise throughout life. Your lifestyle choice, deal with it.

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Riverman1 03/06/12 - 04:40 pm
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I say we all just wake up and

I say we all just wake up and make the government pay for all meds without anyone paying Medicare tax or paying insurance. It's all free afterall and no one really has to pay for the medicine. Right? That poor 30 year old law student having to shell out all that for birth control pills when it should be free. Mmmmmm, mmmmmmm, mmmmmmm Obama.

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Riverman1 03/06/12 - 04:43 pm
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We really should give OWS'ers

We really should give OWS'ers birth control pills, too. Enough of them.

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museofsatie 03/06/12 - 05:33 pm
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"15,000,000,000 more people

"15,000,000,000 more people on food stamps in the last year and a half! Thank you hussein."

15 billion, eh? My, how our country has grown since I stopped counting!

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kmb413 03/06/12 - 05:52 pm
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I have a copay on my bc, but

I have a copay on my bc, but my insurance covers it. Would be less of a copay if I got generic.

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Bizkit 03/06/12 - 10:35 pm
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Wow! What a novel idea why

Wow! What a novel idea why not force everyone to give everythin' away for free. No more financial worries because everthin' is free. No economic woes for the nation because there is no economy. Utopia. Jeez. Beam me up Scotty.

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carcraft 03/06/12 - 11:12 pm
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Burniator, I do shell out, I

Burniator, I do shell out, I have a co pay on all the medication I buy. What's wrong with Women having a co pay on birth control? But Dictator Obama can't have that so he ORDERED drug companies to provide free birth control..

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Bizkit 03/06/12 - 11:31 pm
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It is a non-issue. Women can

It is a non-issue. Women can get free birth control at planned parenthood and at their local health department. The Dems are morons at about everything but politcal manipulation. The issue is not women's reproductive rights (they have that already and access to birth control) it is a vail assault on religious freedom. Likely it will increase because progressives are fascist who believe their way is the right, enlightened, only way to act. Religion doesn't fit into the progressive, natural, humanist, secular ,utopian society. No appreciation of diversity at all. Scary really. I like the noisy filter of humanity, progressives want a clone like mentality with a bizarre since of "fairness". We should appreciate part of the success of America comes from its diversity and freedom.

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Bizkit 03/06/12 - 11:39 pm
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Well I don't have a problem

Well I don't have a problem the guvment paying people on unemployment. Likely they've been paying into the guvment for years, and nice to see a return (cause they won't see social security or medicare), and the reason they are likely unemployed is because of the guvment screwin up our economy and driving their employer to let people off. It is like domino's they keep fallin',

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allhans 03/07/12 - 12:42 am
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I read one of those "way out"

I read one of those "way out" - I hope - articles that said in this century the main focus of globalization would be population explosion. No way to feed all the people. ?

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