I mean, it’s obvious, right?
This is how you make money in crony capitalism: you know somebody who looks the other way when you pay artificially low, and sell artificially high. In this case, the government was covering both ends, and all Planned Parenthood had to do was keep the pills rolling. Great work if you can get it, huh? …And the taxpayer pays for the scam.
If you’re wondering why the Left is going ballistic over current proposed legislation by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R, NH) and Cory Gardner (R, CO) that would effectively make oral contraceptives an over-the-counter medicine, why, here you go: “Planned Parenthood alone makes around $1.2 billion each year from contraceptive services.” It really does just come down to this: money. There’s a lot of money on the table. You tell an industry that it’s about to lose that huge a chunk of its revenue stream, and it’s going to react. You almost can’t even blame them for it: effective monopolies always look different from the inside. In fact, they may not even consider themselves to have an effective monopoly*, insane as that sounds.
Continue reading “Cui Bono?” from keeping the Pill a prescription drug? …Why, Planned Parenthood, of course.
This will be the next front in the Obamacare war against liberty of conscience: “The next big Obamacare question of whether religious schools can duck the birth control mandate got another federal appeals court hearing on Tuesday.” The more or less short version: some religious institutions have strong objections to providing coverage for certain forms of birth control that are currently mandated by Obamacare. The Obama administration has created an alternative method to cover such things, in case of sincere religious objection by schools, religious institutions, and or other nonprofits: and the Obama administration obviously feels that this is sufficient.
The problem, of course, is that religious groups usually have religious reasons for rejecting any particular drug or procedure. They also usually have strong rules against aiding and abetting behaviors that the religious group consider sinful; and so they’re refusing to play along with the Obama administration. And, thanks to the Hobby Lobby case and the federal RFRA, religious groups’ arguments have a bit more bite to them. Continue reading Obamacare’s rather foolish birth control mandate gets another day in court.
I came perilously close to writing this post in a white-hot fury (for reasons only indirectly related to the case), but wrath is a counter-productive emotion in this particular situation. Suffice it to say that the people that run Hobby Lobby are adamant that they not be required to pay for drugs that they consider to be abortifacients; and while I’m personally sorry if this bothers progressives I am equally adamant that progressives get it through their collective skulls that they are not the sole arbiters of morality in this country. They are not, in fact, even the primary arbiters; and for what I consider to be very good reasons.
Rant over. Enjoy your Sunday morning.