Rush Limbaugh: Shut Up
So I was nice and oblivious to the whole Limbaugh-Fluke controversy then I stumble upon it today and…geez. Limbaugh has managed to take a reasonable point and twist it and also come off looking like one of the biggest morons on the planet.
First off, taking “the pill” is not dependent on how many sexual partners you have. Limbaugh made it sound like the more promiscuous a woman is the more it will cost in terms of birth control. Somebody should clue Rush in: whether a woman has 1 or 100 partners in a month all she needs is one pill. What an idiot.
As for the overall point of should health insurance benefits cover things like contraceptives I would argue no. Contraceptives are neither expensive nor are they for rare events (ok, insert your gratuitous jokes here). As such, it really shouldn’t be provided by insurance which, ideally, should be reserved for things that are both rare and expensive. However, to the extent that providing contraceptives means there are fewer unplanned child births, which are considerably more expensive, provision might help reduce insurance premiums and health care expenditures overall. So I’m at least willing to consider provision on those grounds. But really, can Rush Limbaugh just STFD and STFU. Please.