Tuesday, June 08, 2010

What if . . . Contraception was Covered by Health Care

"What if . . . contraception was covered by health care?" is a the topic for a recent article on CNN by Adam Sonfield.  It is clear from his article that he either sleep through his intro to logic classes or he never bothered with them.

Some of his gems include:
The result would be fewer unintended pregnancies and abortions in this country and lower costs to the health care system. 
[Actually the opposite will happen.  Part of the contraceptive mentality is "I can't and won't get pregnant while contracepting".  This assumption is WRONG.  It leads adults to have the juvenile assumption of teenagers who believe themselves to be invincible in regards to fertility, sex, and pregnancy, which is "It won't happen to me."  Contraception decreases the chances of pregnancy but there still is always that chance.  By not eliminating the chances of of pregnancy and perpetuating the uberman mentality results in more unplanned pregnancies.  One only needs to visit parts of Africa where contraception is distributed like candy on Halloween to see that children are still being born by using contraception and AIDS is still being spread.


Secondly, many birth control pills act as abortifacients: that is, they terminate a pregnancy using a number of methods.  Most commonly, it prevents the fertilized egg from implanting in the uteran wall.  What happens is that birth control results in more unknown and unintended abortions.  


If a person really wants to decrees the pregnancy rate and abortions in a country the emphasis must not be only on passing out pills and pieces of rubber.  It has to emphasize life style change, which is what Mother Theresa did in Calcutta.  By opening up clinics, the Sisters were able to teach the local women about the fertility cycles of their bodies and they days when they were fertile and the days when they were not fertile.  


Thirdly, pregnancy does not happen over night.  Planning a family is not the same as planning a trip to Disney World.  I used to wonder why I only had one older brother.  I found out why after my father passed away.  In short, my parents tried for 13 years to have children before my older brother came along.  They were not contracepting. ]


An amendment authored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski stipulates that beginning this fall, newly written insurance plans must cover preventive care and screenings for women free of the various types of cost-sharing typically required by insurers. . . . The decision to include contraception in this package should, in truth, be an easy one.
[The reason for preventive screenings is to ensure that a person is not unknowingly walking about town with a deadly condition that would terminate her life years prematurely.  By including contraceptive into preventive care and screenings is very much a misnomer, as it places pregnancy on the same bar as cancer and other deadly diseases.  Pregnancy is life giving where as cancer is life destroying.  Commonsense tells us such.]


Contraceptive services are also highly cost- effective, with every $1 invested in publicly funded family planning services saving $3.74 in pregnancy-related Medicaid expenditures, according to a 2010 study by the Guttmacher Institute.


[I was treated as a number with dollar and cent signs target on who I was when I was in college.  Rarely was I treated like a human being.  I was too often treated like a number.  The university was only interested in whether or not I could afford the tuition.  They were not interested in my pursuit of happiness and my overall well being.  It is sad when the life of a person and the life of a child is boiled down to dollar and cents.  The cost of a child might be much, but there is no formula for calculating the overall benefit a child can have on a person's overall happiness and what the child might contribute to a society.]


One analysis by the National Business Group on Health estimates it costs employers 15 to 17 percent more when they fail to include contraceptive coverage in employee health plans.


[Simple solution: hire fewer women.  Just kidding.  Again, what is the cost of happiness?  When an employer actually invests in their workers the result is a worker who feels valued and needed, and it results in a higher morale in the company.  A higher morale means better productivity.  Also, there is what appears to be an age old saying that in the world of business you have to spend money in order to make money.  Then again, a company could treat their workers like animals, but as of lately we know the outcome would be much like the FOXconn suicides.]



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