Recently the Obama Regime’s chief baby-killer, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stood before the the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and brazenly said her boss’ plan to force insurance companies to provide any and all contraceptive and sterilization procedures for free wouldn’t cost them anything.
The reduction in the number of pregnancies compensates for the cost of contraception.
There has been much and cry as a result of her distracting comment, as would be expected in this soundbite-driven world.
Largely this outrage is due to most people either not contextualizing Sebelius’ comment or having been provided the context in the first place. Hence, they’re distracted and outrage because Sebelius’ comment, if applied to the larger milieu, would be heinous and quite disturbingly similar to other recent atrocities.
Things are, while still deeply in the realm of WTF, much different when the proper, narrow context is applied to Obama’s HHS Secretary’s controversial Congressional testimony. The actual exchange in question that has generated the uproar was between Sebelius and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)
Murphy: “Who pays for it? Thereís no such thing as a free service.”
Sebelius: “The reduction in the number of pregnancies compensates for cost of contraception.”
Murphy: “So you are saying, by not having babies born, we are going to save money on health care?”
Sebelius: “Providing contraception is a critical preventive health benefit for women and for their children.”
Murphy: “Not having babies born is a critical benefit. This is absolutely amazing to me. I yield back.”
Sebelius: “Family planning is a critical health benefit in this country, according to the Institute of Medicine.”
What Sebelius was claiming was that it was OK for the Obama Regime to force health insurance companies to give all approved forms of birth control away for free because doing so was supposedly cheaper for them than paying for the pregnancies.
It’s always fun the watch a Liberal faced with real questions.† Never having an actual answer, they fall back on one or more of their cult mantras. Can’t think? Chant.
Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), a member of the subcommittee, later summed up the rational response to Sebelius’ statement better than I could.
Their argument is this: Health insurance companies will offer it for free because they make money. You reduce the number of people getting pregnant therefore you reduce the cost of pregnancy, or low birth weight pregnancies or other kind of pregnancies.
If you think about it, why donít health insurance companies provide it now if the argument is health insurance companies are going to make a lot of money? If the health insurance companies were really acting in their own best interest, they would be giving these pills out for free, if it really saved money?
That about sums it up. If the “oh-so-greedy” insurance companies would make money off of giving contraceptives and sterilizations for free, wouldn’t they already be doing it?
Think about it objectively! If the insurance companies are as heartless and greedy as the Leftists portray them to be and giving away contraceptives was a cost benefit wouldn’t they already be doing so and using it as a reason not to cover prenatal, birth, and postnatal procedures since those were easily and freely avoidable medical conditions and are ones even Institute of Medicine supposedly says are critical to control?
No. Be outraged at Sebelius’ perfidy, stupidity, and mindless following of the Liberals’ dogma. Don’t be suckered into being outraged over things that, in context, were never said or implied.