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A Fluke? Or A Movement?

In case you have been living under a rock, Sandra Fluke is the college student attending Georgetown University who testified before Congress that her birth control costs $3,000 a year and the only way she can get birth control is if Congress allows the President to force religious institutions (like Georgetown) to pay for it, which they then did.  Rush Limbaugh got himself into some trouble when he used a two naughty words to describe someone who wants others to pay for her to have sex.  Judging by family friendly ABC’s new show GCB (originally titled Good Christian Bitches), if only Rush had called Fluke an SP, he would have been ok.

The left wants us to see Fluke like this:

She is a very young, very poor college student who perhaps has acne or cysts on her ovaries that only birth control can fix.  However, Republicans are voting to make Georgetown revoke her rights to buy birth control because every sperm is precious.  In the end, perhaps she wrote a letter to her senator and her senator actually read it, but somehow Fluke came in contact with Democrats in Washington DC who found her story so compelling that they tried to have her testify before Congress, but Republicans hate women and wanted only men testifying so they said no.

In actual fact, Sandra Fluke is a 30 year old law student who can afford $50,000 a year for law school, but can’t seem to find her way into Target or Wal Mart where birth control is $9 a month.  She wants to force her Catholic college and all Americans to pay so that she can have as much consequence-free sex as she can fit between classes.  She also is not random.  Fluke has been an activist promoting the idea of forcing others to pay for birth control and morning after abortion pills.  In fact, she was the president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.  It’s amazing to me that no one blinks at the fact that this seemingly random student somehow ended up as the star witness for the Democrats, even though Pelosi’s office can’t seem to confirm or deny if the two had ever talked previously.  In fact, Democrats pulled their official witness in order to put Fluke in front of the cameras with her false sob story.  The last minute switcheroo violated policy which is the real reason she wasn’t allowed to testify by those mean old women-hating Republicans.

By the way, which is more offensive?  Rush using naughty words to describe her?  Or Obama giving Christian hospitals, colleges, orphanages, churches and other religious institutions the choice of either providing contraception AND morning after abortion pills or shutting their doors?  Even more offensive is Obama’s hardline on religious institutions while he simultaneously cuts military health benefits.

This brings us to the scary question.  What was Fluke doing at a Jesuit-run Catholic university in the first place?  Doesn’t she know the Catholic church’s teachings on contraception?  Actually, she does and that is why she went there.  Fluke reviewed the Georgetown student insurance policies and enrolled in order to change them.  As a liberal activist, she infiltrated Georgetown in order to use the hand of government to overturn their first amendment rights and force her personal, secular ideologies on them.

This line of attack should scare any religious institution.  It’s one thing when liberals are attacking religion from the outside, like ABC’s new anti-Christian show.  I wouldn’t infringe on people’s freedom of speech and I can control my own remote (imagine that).  But this idea that liberal activists are going to be infiltrating religious institutions in order to impose their secular beliefs on the rest of us should be far more alarming than any naughty words used by an entertainer. Should Christian schools start screening students to make sure they are not liberal plants?

I went to a Christian college for two years.  They taught creation.  They would never pay for morning after pill abortions and actually had rules against pre-marriage intercourse.  They had rules against drugs, homosexuality, drinking, and even foul language.  But it was ok.  We knew that when we went there.  I made a personal choice to go there and live under those rules for two years.  That is something people can do in a free society.  This freedom is the core target of the Fluke-style infiltration assault on Christianity.

This is pretty serious stuff.  The Left has a lot to answer for.  Was Fluke a plant?  If so, it is Fluke and Pelosi who should be apologizing to the country for this blatant fraud and attempt to steal our first amendment rights.

Two Paths: Yes, The Republicans Have A Bill

The Republican Party has put together an alternative to Pelosi/Obamacare, and it has been scored by the CBO.  You can get all the details here. As Democrats argue that Republicans are the “do nothing” party who is only out to oppose any and all reforms, I thought it might be nice to look at the Republican plan and dispel such a myth.

This bill that the Republicans put together doesn’t have a shot at passing.  The “do nothing” Democrats already have their bill.  They don’t have enough votes in their own party to pass it yet, but they are working overtime to put together enough bribe money from your tax dollars to get those votes.  If you are wondering what I mean by that, see any of my earlier posts about pork and earmarks.  See especially, Obama’s Stimulus plan.

However, even though it doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell, here is a quick breakdown of what might have been, and what possibly could be after 2010:

Cost:

Pelosi/Obamacare is set to run us about $1.3 trillion according to the CBO.  The Republican plan?  $61 billion.

Length:

Pelosi/Obamacare is 2,032 pages sofar.  The only reason anyone knows this is because someone looked at the page number on the last page, not because someone has actually read the bill all the way through and counted.  The Republican bill?  219 pages.

Lower Health Insurance Costs:

According to the CBO, not in the Democrat plan.  Through higher taxes on insurers and health providers, the Dem plan will actually increase the cost of insurance premiums.  Then the government will take your own money and give it back to you in the form of controlling subsidies to make you buy insurance.

On the other hand, the Republican bill, according to the CBO, should cut family premiums by up to $5,000 per family and small business premiums by up to 10%.

How about fiscal responsibility?:

Yeah, remember?  That thing everyone wants but no party can seem to achieve?  Pelosi and Obama keep talking about how their plan will cut the deficit.  But that is only because they took $210 billion out of the bill and made it a separate unfunded bill.  By the way, that is about three times the total cost of the Republican bill.  The Democrat bill also increases taxes on Americans, in a recession, by about $750 billion dollars.

According to the CBO, the Republican bill reduces the deficit by $68 billion, cuts government healthcare costs over the long term, and cuts costs immediately without raising taxes.

Will Obamacare make unemployment worse?:

Since 2007 when Democrats took over, unemployment has increased by 5.3% to the current rate of 10.2%.  Will Pelosi/Obamacare help?  Not according to the CBO.  According to the CBO, the Democrat health plan by itself will cause 5.5 million jobs to be lost over the next ten years.  They do this by forcing businesses to buy health insurance or face a new 8% tax based on payroll.  How do you, as a business owner who can’t afford a company policy, avoid this tax?  Simple, cut payrolls.

Republicans on the other hand have no employer mandate and instead allow businesses to pool resources and negotiate lower cost plans from health insurance companies.

Rationing and Death Panels:

Ok, so “death panels” is a drastic and perhaps overly dramatic term.  How about government mandated waiting lists if there are insufficient funds to pay for healthcare costs?  How about a Health Advisory Board to determine what treatments and benefits the government will cover?  How about a Comparison Effectiveness Research Commission that determines which treatments your doctor can use based on what the government thinks is effective and what the government is willing to pay for?  How about a Health Choices Commissioner who gets to decide which doctors and hospitals can participate in government or private plans?  That along with end of life counseling is certainly enough to make the case that the Democrat bill contains rationing.

States’ Rights:

Constitutionally speaking, the Democrat bill is a monster.  While still not allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, the Democrat plan forces states to pay an extra $34 billion, according to the CBO, in unfunded Medicaid costs.  Once again, the entire Republican bill is $61 billion.

Abortion Funding:

Last and most important, the Democrat bill mandates that I pay for abortion with my tax dollars.  The government-run public option will be mandated to cover elective abortions.  The Democrat plan requires that at least one insurance plan in every market cover abortions.  And people who enroll in the government-run plan will be paying for abortions directly through their premiums.

The Republican plan prohibits federal funding for elective abortion and does not mandate abortion coverage.

I don’t suppose it will take Democrats a whole year to finally pass their health insurance bill.  But if it does, maybe we can change the game in 2010 and give the Republican option a shot.


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