Yes, Rush did a bad, bad thing as he has apologized for calling Sandra Fluke, the 30 year-old Georgetown University birth control activist who wants to be paid for having sex, a "slut" and later on a "prostitute" (by the by, liberal Kirsten Powers wants to know when prominent lib-talkers are going to apologize to the conservative women they have smeared).
Rush screwed up two-fold: first, by allowing the statist-left to use slut-gate? as a distraction from the real liberty interest issue that it is and secondly, despite affirming testimomy given by Ms. Fluke herself, it's never gentlemanly to call someone a "slut" in polite and/or public company.
Here's B-Daddy who's sick and tired, himself, of slut-gate:
Its been quite the brouhaha over the matter, with the Democrats yelling stupid talking points like: it prevents abortions and reproductive rights; and too many Republican uttering the nonsense that the government is paying for birth control. Lost in the shuffle is why the heck can't insurance companies offer a mix of coverage that their customers might actually want. My local grocery store recently added arugula to its vegetable line up; but under the Democrats argument, if Michele Obama urged the Secretary of HHS that this was a great idea, every supermarket would have carry the vegetable. And under the mandate theory of interstate commerce, nothing prevents Washington DC from dictating every single economic choice Americans make.
This is why I turn off the TV every time I hear bloviation on this subject; everyone is missing the point. It's the freedom, stupid.
He's exactly right. We want our health insurance plans to look like a combination of our auto insurance and a Chinese menu where we have a wide range of options of what we would or would not like coverage. Having to pay out of pocket for healthcare items as you would tires, oil changes and routine maintenance incentivizes healthy dietary, medical and lifestyle choices. That's how you bend downward the healthcare cost curve not buying some random person in your risk pool the pill.
And totally related, there is this:
The irony is that a federal mandate for contraception coverage renders women’s personal sexual choices a matter for public debate. The folks plucking sex out of the private sphere in this situation are the mandate supporters, not its opponents.
For years, haven't we been lectured by feminists and liberals at large about matters of the bedroom staying in the bedroom, how it's none of our business and for the government keeping its laws off our body?
Now ain't that a turn?: We have a leftist activist, in public, describing how much sex she has to the point that its breaking her and that is why she wants us to pay for it. Sorry, Ms. Fluke, since we are now paying for your birth control, your sex life now is our business. Congratulations for turning 4 or 5 decades of American liberal doxology on its head.
Just chalk this up to another pratfall of ObamaCare: since it will minimize personal responsibility and "skin in the game", no one's business will truly be their own.
Exit question: The creepy little misogynist, Bill Maher, just gave one of Obama's super PACs one million dollars. Being one of the biggest offenders in the Powers' piece linked above, will the President give that money back?