Letters to the Editor

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Tag: contraceptives

March
7th

BIRTH CONTROL: Liberals’ hypocrisy is showing

The liberal Democrats/columnists/media rallied to the defense of the Georgetown University law student wanting to have her birth control financed. Their hypocrisy is blatant. They demand the government stay out of their bedrooms and wombs while at the same time demanding the government/insurance companies pay for their birth control and abortions.

You can’t have it both ways – unless you’re a liberal.

March
7th

BIRTH CONTROL: It’s cheaper than pregnancy

Re: “Give choice to policy holders” (letter, 3-6).

I believe the writer is mistaken in his premise that policy holders would benefit by insurers not covering birth control. It is far cheaper to pay for birth control than to pay for pregnancy and all of the associated costs.

If we are to make decisions on a cost basis, then women who use birth control would be given cheaper insurance than those who do not.

If we are only interested in saving money, we should quit covering costs of erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs for men. For those who keep injecting

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March
7th

BIRTH CONTROL: Who should pay for private activity?

I don’t understand why insurance companies and employers are being saddled with the responsibility of providing free contraceptives where there is an objections to doing so as a matter of conscience. I see no legitimate reason to single them out to support a private activity, especially where there is a religious objection to doing so. The same goes for drugstores being forced to sell morning-after pills.

There is a simple solution to this dilemma which overcomes any legitimate religious objection to the supporting of sin. Instead of singling out businesses where it is likely that a religious objections might be

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March
6th

HEALTH CARE: Why we pay for others’ care

A reader wrote in wondering why senior citizens should have to pay for contraceptives that they will unlikely use. The short answer is that they don’t have to pay for contraceptives because they are on Medicare.

I am a healthy, nonsmoking man who exercises regularly. Why should I have to pay for medical treatment for people who smoke or are overweight? Senior citizens require far more health care treatments than young people. Why should those of child-bearing age pay for medical treatment for arthritis, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?

It is akin to the argument that states since I don’t have

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March
6th

BIRTH CONTROL: Not everyone can afford to pay for what they need

Insurance premiums are designed to benefit the for-profit insurance companies. Health insurance seems to be the hot political topic lately as we challenge who should actually be receiving these benefits. Having health coverage is not a luxury; it’s a necessity.

Recently several letters on this subject have suggested that we be allowed to create our own “a la carte” insurance plans. One writer tells us: “There is nothing preventing people from purchasing supplemental policies,” all we have to do is decide to pay extra for things that aren’t covered in a basic plan. This writer ends his letter saying we

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March
6th

HEALTH CARE: Headline distorts intent of letter

By inserting “Birth Control” in front of my suggested “What’s free isn’t always cheap” headline (online letter), there will probably be some readers who conclude I’m a fuddy-duddy against birth control, which is not the case. My wife has been on the pill for years.

The intent of the letter was to point out the slippery-slope intrusiveness of Obamacare if it is allowed to follow through to its full implementation, and how when the government declares something to be free, it is usually anything but that. Birth control pills happened to be the hot news topic of the day

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March
6th

BIRTH CONTROL: It’s 21st century, not 1950s

Behind the recent controversy over whether or not insurance plans must cover birth control, there seems to be a new debate about how women’s sexuality should be expressed in our society.

I can understand the conservative argument that the government should not force any private company to carry a product they disagree with morally. I don’t agree with it, but I understand it. However, when public and private figures, including commentators on this site, say things like, “Well if we’re going to fund your birth control, you should have to post online sex videos of yourself” (Rush Limbaugh), or “Here’s

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March
5th

BIRTH CONTROL: What’s free isn’t always cheap

This is supposed to be the land of the free, not the freeloaders. How did some unelected Federal officials get the micromanagement power to dictate that $20 to $30 a month birth control pills are now going to be free? “Free” of course means that those who are forced to pay into the system will be picking up the tab for everyone in the form of increased rates, along with added bureaucracy and red tape.

Under the broad and ever-expanding pretense of health, what else is Obamacare going to mandate as “free”? Band aids? Toilet paper? “Therapeutic” video games? Union

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