The following is a guest post by Joseph Hall.
Pelosi’s Nobel Lie in the Contraception Debate
While the progressive media and talk radio continues to languish over the Nobel Lie endorsed by ObamaCare’s chief architect Nancy Pelosi and her minor henchman, Sandra Fluke, this is not the real point of the mandate. The reality remains that the contraception debate is being promoted through a series of arguments that have no merit in the debate. The debate must be conducted within the context of the higher principles involved: what is sanctity of life? And what are the states 10Th amendment rights with regards to their sovereign rights to modify Roe v. Wade, as allowed by current federal law.
As mentioned previously, Fluke concocted a tale of a friend that suffered irreparable reproductive harm at the hands of a bureaucracy that shunned a lesbian and deprived her of the right to receive contraception coverage through her college health insurance plan. She speculates that her friend thereby suffered irreversible damage to her reproductive system; while Georgetown administrators ignored her principle right afforded by Roe v. Wade in which decisions of a woman’s reproductive rights should be” between a woman and her doctor.”
Since Fluke was rejected as an expert witness in the House Panel hearings because she was submitted too late in the hearing process to be vetted; a second non-sanctioned hearing was arranged. Pelosi, wanting a relay good story to be told to sway senators considering the Blunt amendment, produced an invalid witness to tell a story that defies logic, but promotes the contraception mandate. This is the Nobel Lie. If the truth isn’t working out, then spin a nice tale. Impale the truth on the barb of an egregious story line, and build a case through clever manipulation of the truth.
See: “The Fluke Distraction” WSJ, James Taranto:
“Then they sandbagged the Republicans. They asked, too late, for Fluke to be subbed in for Lynn, then told Lynn not to bother showing up. When the hearing took place, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (this columnist’s congressman, but don’t blame us) demanded: “Where are the women?” Although it was the Dems who chose Lynn over Fluke and the second panel of witnesses included two female members, liberal media dutifully propagated the “Republican sexism” charge. A week later, House Democrats held a mock hearing where Fluke testified.
Like Cindy Sheehan, Fluke was a left-wing activist cast in the role of everywoman (or as much of an “everywoman” as a student at an elite law school can be). “Fluke has a long history of feminist advocacy,” reports the Daily Caller: “While [an undergraduate] at Cornell, Fluke’s organized activities centered on the far-left feminist and gender equity movements. Fluke participated in rallies supporting abortion, protests against war in Iraq and efforts to recruit other womens’ [sic] rights activists to campus.” She even got a bachelor’s degree in something called “Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.”
Furthermore, Fluke’s story does not bear up under medical scrutiny. The disease described, Polycystic Ovarian Disease is treatable without the use of birth control pills. Yet, the story line is the friend became infertile due to lack of access to adequate birth control. See: ”Sandra Fluke I Would Encourage Everyone to Go to Media Matters” A red flag that the truth must be guided by higher powers.
Last Friday, Lou Dobbs interviewed two authorities concerning the improbable need for government mandated contraception as a free benefit of ObamaCare. Thereafter, HHS Secretary Sebelius continued to try to spin-off another version of the Nobel Lie. She used a cost accounting scenario (offset spending in one area to experience profit in another) to justify how insurance companies can save money by giving away contraception devices and free abortions to women and yet remain profitable. She proposes that by paying to stop births, the companies will inherit a huge boon in unborn claims. Just wait for it, the savings will come.
This argument is almost as valid as employers announcing that they will save employees jobs by reducing their pay now and their retirement later, just to save their jobs. That argument probably would not work in the job market, yet Sebelius would have us believe that savings may occur if free contraception is paid for by insurance companies. However, this argument sounds similar to other White House initiatives on energy programs. See how much money we could be saving if everyone drove a Volt?
In a recent Hot Air rebuttal to the Sebelius tale, “Sebelius: Reduction in pregnancies compensates for the cost of contraception”,
“As Kentucky Republican Rep. Brad Guthrie pointed out, if Sebelius is correct, it’s curious that more insurance companies don’t already cover contraception. If it makes money for health insurance companies to cover it, why don’t they already do so voluntarily?
More importantly, Sebelius’ comments show an alarming disregard for the value of human life and hints at a desire for population control. Still, Sebelius wants to talk about the population in economic terms? Let’s talk about it. Does she understand that we’re headed toward an entitlement crisis, fueled in part by too many retirees to be supported by too few workers? If the U.S. has any kind of population problem, it’s that our population is not growing fast enough to support our entitlement state. Think that’s a stretch? For what it’s worth, Mark Steyn doesn’t.”
The true debate must focus on the real meaning behind the contraception debate, is human life valuable? And will this contraception mandate overrule all existing state laws that govern abortion? Under ObamaCare, it actually appears that abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy will be a federal law that will supersede any state law that would limit abortion on demand and late term abortions.
Watch Fox Business video” “HHS Sec.: Decrease in Births Will Cover Costs of Contraception”
Let’s put the record straight. This is a Nobel Lie which was told to defeat the Blunt Amendment and perpetuate the lie of the need for a contraception mandate. . This must change, ObamaCare must be repealed.
Submitted by: Joseph Hall, Daymar Institute, Health Care, Law & General Education
Addendum from LC: Sandra Fluke is a left wing hack who also advocates for coverage of sex change surgery. But we all know this isn’t about Sandra Fluke, the plant, or Rush Limbaugh’s reaction to her comments. This whole thing was ginned up to provoke outrage in an effort to paint the GOP and conservatives as anti-woman.