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March 2nd, 2012
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RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– There is a lot of outrage today over Rush Limbaugh's comments regarding Sandra Fluke. I understand the outrage, but his commentary — using insult and sarcasm — highlights an outrage people have been dancing around that encapsulates pretty accurately Sandra Fluke's testimony before Congress. Ms. Fluke is a Georgetown Law School student who believes insurers should be mandated to provide "free" contraception given the high costs of birth control. Her argument that so many have danced around is that though the act she wishes to engage in is both private and consensual, the rest of us should have to subsidize it. Reducing "women's health" to a euphemism for sex does nothing to really improve women's health.

– Gas prices continue to go up in this mild winter and will more likely than not go up further in the summer. If they do, gas prices will potentially drag down the economy and could hurt Barack Obama.

– Meanwhile, in economics land, the fact is measure after measure seems to be improving. The truth is, as the economy improves, Barack Obama's poll numbers will go higher, making it harder and harder for the GOP to beat him. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. BANNY B



    March 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  2. Shannon

    Eating horribly is private and consensual. Why should I have to pay for heart disease patient's medicine through my insurance premiums? Why should I pay for colon cancer patients, when it's a preventable disease if you eat healthy? Lung cancer? I don't promote smoking, so should insurance not cover lung cancer either? Like really, if you want to open that can of worms, then go ahead, but think about what the consequences are.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  3. marty

    Admire Sandra Fluke for her reality based information. I remember when Rush Limpdick was arrested with drugs including viagra. Does his health care plan pay for that?

    March 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  4. Claire makowski

    Will someone PLEASE raise the question that Viagra is paid for by insurance plans.. This medication is only used for PLEASURE, MEN CAN LIVE WITHOUT IT. Birth control is not only used to prevent having babies but for health issues. It just makes me so mad that men are deciding these issues for women.. OBAMA HAS MY VOTE AGAIN!!!!!

    March 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  5. Heather LaValle

    Its not just women who care about women being called sluts by Rush Limbaugh> Its any fafther with a daughter, any brother who loves his sister- anyhusband or male friend!!! Men care too!!!

    Contraception is not just a women's issue. Women are using contraception with men! Contraception is not used only to protect against STD or unwanted pregnancies- its used for many other purposes! Get real!!!!


    March 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  6. junie

    Rush shouldn't have used that language but I, for one, don't want my tax money going to buy birth control for people who can't control themselves. Can't understand why people think the government owes them everything – if you need birth control get a second job – the government doesn't pay for my thyroid medication and I certaintly don't want to pay for everyone's birth control. Be responsible for yourself !!

    March 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  7. ChrisG

    Thank you John and Piers for speaking out against Rushs vile, disgusting comment to sandra

    March 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  8. Pat T

    O.K. John – Plese tell us why the states with the most unemployment are also the states where gas prices are rising???????????????????????

    March 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  9. Sandra Levine

    Sandra Fluke's interview on CNN today was brilliant! She's who I want in government. Georgetown University keeps it's standards high when they admit students like her. I don't want employer's to pay for frivolous health care benefits for employees, but contraception is an important aspect to a women's physical & mental health. Why can't there be a portion of coverage covered rather than the entire cost? Allowing employees to make healthy choices easier doesn't seem unreasonable to me.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:02 am |