Mark Steyn: Funding a Middle-Aged School Girl’s Sex Life: Miss Fluke Goes to Washington – Defending American Maidenhood

It doesn’t matter whether the groveler is twenty-something,  middle-aged or in the prime of life, male or female, you and I should not pay for anyone’s contraception (including abortion), unless we have privately decided to so – as in helping someone we know. As Mark Steyn said yesterday, employers should not be an insurance provider, and certainly should not be forced to care about your sex life.

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As I understand it, Sandra Fluke is a young coed who attends Georgetown Law, and recently testified before Congress.

Oh, wait, no. Update: It wasn’t a congressional hearing; the Democrats just got it up to look like one, like summer stock, with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid doing the show right here in the barn, and providing a cardboard set for the world premiere of Miss Fluke Goes to Washington, with full supporting cast led by Chuck Schumer strolling in through the French windows in tennis whites and drawling, “Anyone for bull****?”

Oh, and the “young coed” turns out to be 30, which is what less evolved cultures refer to as early middle age. She’s a couple of years younger than Mozart was at the time he croaked, but, if the Dems are to be believed, the plucky little Grade 24 schoolgirl has already made an even greater contribution to humanity.

She’s had the courage to stand up in public and demand that someone else (and this is where one is obliged to tiptoe cautiously, lest offense is given to gallant defenders of the good name of American maidenhood such as the many prestigious soon-to-be-former sponsors of this column who’ve booked Bill Maher for their corporate retreat with his amusing “Sarah Palin is a c***” routine . . . )…

Nor is the core issue liberty in its more basic sense — although it would certainly surprise America’s founders that their republic of limited government is now the first nation in the developed world to compel private employers to fully fund the sex lives of their employees.

Nor is it even the distinctively American wrinkle the Republic of Paperwork has given to governmentalized health care, under which the “right to privacy” the Supreme Court claimed to have discovered in Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade will now lead to thousands and thousands of self-insuring employers keeping computer records of the morning-after pills and herpes medication racked up by Miss Jones on reception.

  • physicsNut

    I was just looking at Conor’s article in TheAtlantic “the sex friendly case against free birth control” – which makes clear that ONCE WE STARTED DOWN THE ROAD TO MANDATED EMPLOYER PROVIDED INSURANCE it all becomes a matter of what legislators provide – which depends on which wheels are squeaking the loudest. All the libs accept this whole idea as a matter of course. They see absolutely NO CONNECTION to the out-of-control inflation in healthcare costs. Insurance is just like socialism – it spreads the misery around. So, in their view, the only issue is whether it is spread around equally – whatever that means, so they quibble about who is subsidizing who, and what is “best for society”. But NONE of them seem to discover that we are ALL being GOUGED . None of these people ever question whether Congress SHOULD have approved of employer insurance coverage. Looking back I would have to say that it SEEMED to work until the sixties, and then it drove right off a cliff, pushed mightily by medicaid and medicare, and innumerable state insurance mandates that nobody in the public knows about, and since nobody pays out of pocket, nobody cares about either. ALL PEOPLE LOOK AT is the Relative advantages – not how we got into this mess in the first place. Nobody looks at the assumptions. This is supposedly a self correcting system – just that we have not got around to correcting it, and the discussion so far indicates that nobody has a clue.

  • physicsnut, I think FDR started it, but once we drive off the cliff, as we have already done, without repeal there is no self-correction. It has to be done quickly because daily we are spending money on mandates and setting up the system. I really think to all those in Congress who voted for ObamaCare, it’s simply a another vote from their constituents.

    Insurance that we don’t pay for personally is socialism. I agree with everything you said. We have one chance now and that is to put one of the Repbulican candidates in office and pray it works.