Contraceptive Fight Proved Why Health Insurance Should Be Bought In Free Markets

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At PJ Media, Paul Hsieh rounds up some free market lessons learned over the contraceptive entitlement fight.

He makes excellent point, but perhaps the most important lesson from the brawl over contraceptives is that the government shouldn’t be in charge of determining what our health insurance policies do and do not cover.

Right now the left is ok with this sort of government control, because their guys are in charge and imposing a contraceptive entitlement on the rest of us, even those who might have moral objections to contraceptives. But what happens if we, as one example, have a President Rick Santorum next and he not only reverses the mandates for contraceptives and such but institutes new mandates of his own. Mandates requiring coverage for faith-based counseling services.

Meaning you’d have to pay for those services whether you were interested in them or not.

Wouldn’t it be better if we all just paid for our own health insurance policies, and decided for ourselves (through negotiations with the insurance companies) what they should and should not coverage? The problem with health insurance in America is that we Americans aren’t really the customers for our insurance policies. For most of us, our employers buy the policies and so called the shots on what they would cover. Now the government is in charge.

Maybe we should look at a solution that puts us in charge of our policies.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • sbark

    .doubled up–delete

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Thank you for keeping the gop War on Women on the front page.

    • sbark

      food for thought…..the real war on women is decades old.
      http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/the_real_war_on_women.html

      add in cases like Mary Jo Kopeokne, the Clinton women he raped,  JFK’s trysts
      the other Kennedy’s rapes,  the Lefts ignorance of Muslim law on women worldwide and yet blatently attacking Christian women with a blink of an eye.

      • Dakotacyr

        Blah, blah, blah….

        • sbark

          well……….that response is more intelligent than most of your others….congrats.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      yaaaaaawwwwwwnnnnnnnnn

      meanwhile you keep the war on the American taxpayer alive and well.

    • $8194357

      No wonder your so confused and easily decieved…
      Fighting all those wars that never did excist with the GOP involvement in them….A false enemy can take a draining toal on body, mind and spirit..Swing constantly at immaginary opponents created by yourselves…

      Killing strawmen keeps the left busy I guess.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      So you’ll be ok with government control over health insurance policies when Rick Santorum is making you pay for faith healing?

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Just like you to dive straight to the bottom a phoney analogy.
        Sounds like a Hannity or Levin line.

        Have you seen the national poles about the contraception as issue, mandated insurance coverage and religious exclusions? How about the national polls showing women’s party support?

        Keep it on the front page, Rob.
        We never be able to thank you enough.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          It’s not a phony analogy.  I’m all for contraceptives.  Used them myself. My wife uses them.  I have no problem with them.

          I have a problem with not being able to decide for myself what I will and will not pay for in terms of insurance.

          Why do you oppose Americans making choices?

          • Davoarid

            “I have a problem with not being able to decide for myself what I will and will not pay for in terms of insurance.”

            You can’t buy private insurance? Why not?

          • mickey_moussaoui

            Have you not been paying attention? Fluke wants Obama to mandate that ALL insurance cover her sex life. That was the root of her plea. Purchasing private insurance will be of no meaning under such a mandate.

            The whole Fluke event was a smoke screen to distract away from abortion and the first amendment rights of religious institutions. The church has been fighting apostates like obama for over 1000 years. They will not back down now. Little floppy eared obamie just woke up the sleeping giant of 70 million Catholics.

            He has succeeded is dividing America by race, wealth and now gender. Next he will divide us by religion. It’s all he has left.

            Save America – obama be damned

          • Davoarid

            No. It was that private employers shouldn’t be able to opt out of covering preventive care for women who pay them premiums.

          • mickey_moussaoui

            Davaroid> It’s ALL about obamacare. These fascists and their useful idiots like fluke want a single system government mandated insurance system. They DON’t want you to have a choice. They want the choice to be made for you. Fluke can get all the birth control she wants for free already. SEX is not a health issue and doesn’t belong in an insurance policy. Fluke was exposed as a shill for obamacare.
            Game over. Nice twist on the attempt to cover up her own message.

          • Davoarid

            No, she can’t get contraceptive care and counselling, because her employer refuses to cover preventive care for women.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Right.  And we all know people can’t do anything unless somebody else pays for it.

          • Davoarid

            She IS paying for it. She’s paying premiums for her coverage.

          • Gern Blanston

            That’s not true. She said in her testimoney that SHE can get exceptions from Gorgetown’s lack of coverage for contraceptives when they are used for medicinal purposes, not pregnancy prevention. She was speaking about someone else at some other institution. And becasue of that ALL religious institutions must cover  contraceptives in their insurance plans.

        • Jfisher17

          Ok, as long as you guys keep the price of gas on the front page. We’ll never be able to thank you enough.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Nice job covering the gop primary tomorrow.
        Really must inspire the base to see absolutely no coverage whatsoever.
        Imagine what the independents are thinking.

        Yeah, yeah, you hate them all.
        We know.

      • Dakotacyr

        He won’t be president, ever!

      • sbark

        and then atheists wonder why they are the most mistrusted group in a very recent Gallop polling……

        • borborygmi

          I thought that was Congress

        • Spanky Spankster

           Uh some conservatives (like me) are atheists.

      • borborygmi

        Faith Healing.  I don’t think that is part of the Catholic Doctrine.

    • Spanky Spankster

       blob, don’t you have some fetuses to dismember?

    • Kyle

       Of course you approve of this, it keeps the focus away from the success of his economy,  job killing, country killing policies.

    • Independent

      There is no war on women or religious people as the right or left would have you believe, only parasites looking for free goods at the expense of others.  Only a propaganda loving deceitful snake oil salesman would claim otherwise.

  • Spanky Spankster

    Dems can’t win on policy or performance so they resort to:

    1)  Name-calling
    2) Slander
    3)  Playing the race card
    4)  Class conflict
    5) Hatred
    6) Vitriol
    7) Fantasy
    8) Projection
    9) Fabrication
    10) Misrepresentation
    11)  Misdirection
    12)  Demonization

    • borborygmi

      Please take this list and see how they are applied to Mrs Fluke,  The family in the OIl patch thread, any one that questions the Bakken Oil play,  Mrs. Clinton,  etc, etc etc. all by Conservatives of course. 

      • $8194357

        Gurgle…gurgle….gurgle….gurgle…gurgle…
        ect…ect…ect..ect…

      • Spanky Spankster

        Thank you for that reminder that Dems deflect criticism using schoolyard-level tactics such as, “Oh yeah, but Billy did it too!”

  • WOOF

    Large groups are able to bargain for the best terms and rates.
    Individuals would be eaten by the insurance wolves.

    Steve Jobs took $1.00 a year in salary from Apple plus health insurance.
    That was beyond him.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      And yet, the auto insurance industry seems to e working just fine on an individual-by-individual basis.

      • Jfisher17

        And BB, instead of replying to “why do you oppose Americans making choices?”, diverts into the  “GOP primary tomorrow.” Hmmm

      • WOOF

        Everybody is ground up  by the auto insurers.

        • mickey_moussaoui

          My auto insurance is pretty reasonable. But then again I don’t have any accidents or tickets and my credit rating is solid. If you are a risk you should pay more.

          • WOOF

            My rates just  increased 25%, .
            No accidents, no tickets and have been with the company for 20 years.
            I’ll shop around, not expecting any deal.

          • borborygmi

            Geico

          • $8194357

            Geico…..Gurgle……

            Progressive?  gurgle…gurgle…

            Better run for the can soon fart bubble…
            Sounds like a wet one comming…

          • mickey_moussaoui

            shop for a new provider

          • Gern Blanston

            Waaa. So let’s nationalize Auto Insurance. Then it will all be free…

  • mickey_moussaoui

    All of the exisisting government entitlement programs are
    running in the red. Obamacare won’t be any different. It will cost more and
    cover less so what good is it? It would be better for consumers if the
    competition for insurance were open across state lines and variable policies
    were offered. I don’t need a policy that covers birth control so why should I have to pay for it? The same applies to everyone else and their independent health needs. We should be able to customize a policy to our own needs not everyones needs.

    • $8194357

      Just more marxist deconstructive bang for the buck….

      • mickey_moussaoui

        Then don’t buy any insurance…that should be your right as well.

        I just don’t want government telling what I must buy

  • Dakotacyr

    Ha, like your are going to be able to negotiate with a big insurance company! That is just rich!

    • sbark

      that would be the entire arguement to open up Health Ins. Sales across all state lines…….competition,  free market competition…..

      • mickey_moussaoui

        exactly.

        sbark gets it.

        • $8194357

          This “lady got it too”.

          A woman from Los Angeles who was a  tree hugging, liberal Democrat and an anti-hunter purchased a piece of  timberland near Colville , WA . There was a large tree on one of the highest  points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her  land so she started to climb the big tree.As she neared the top she  encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the  woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch.  In considerable pain, she hurried to a local ER to see a doctor  .
             She told him she was an  environmentalist, a Democrat, and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all  the splinters. The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then  told her to go wait in the examining room and he would see if he could help  her. She sat and waited three hours before the doctor  reappeared.  The angry woman demanded, “What took  you so long?” He smiled and then told her, “Well, I had to get permits from  the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of  Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a ‘recreational  area’ so close to a waste treatment facility. I’m sorry, but due to  Obama-Care they turned you down.”

          • mickey_moussaoui

            snicker

            Im sending that one on

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