The former Republican Arkansas governor-turned-talking head Mike Huckabee had a completely unsurprising song and dance routine today at the Republican National Committee’s Winter Meeting in Washington D.C., a get-together that enables conservative U.S. candidates to hone their platforms and develop their election strategies. The routine went something like this:
Members of the Democratic Party, which supports assisting women with costs of birth control through Obamacare, “think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication. Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything anyone else can do. Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women — that’s not a war on them, that’s a war for them. And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it — let us take that discussion all across America.”
The Republican party is fighting for women by denying them insurance that covers birth control. They are taking on a party that harms women by enabling their helplessness. Clearly, by providing access to birth control, the Democrats are failing to push women to learn to control their libidos and reproductive systems.
This bit of nonsense is particularly amusing in light of a recent survey which recently discovered that Medicare happily covers vacuum penis pumps. Medicare won’t cover hearing aids, but according to the inspector general, this “prosthetic benefit” aid is fully covered. It’s cost the government $172.4 million for them over the past six years. Not only that, but Medicare is paying twice as much for these penis pumps ($360) than non-Medicare patients are paying — if they had matches the cost paid by other people, the government could have saved $14 million per year, and patients could have saved $3.6 million.
I’m not saying that erectile dysfunction tools shouldn’t be covered. They should. But it’s telling that we haven’t heard a peep about this from Republicans.
I’m not saying that erectile dysfunction tools shouldn’t be covered. They should. But it’s telling that we haven’t heard a peep about this from Republicans, isn’t it? Obviously women, who want to control their reproductive destinies are libidinous monsters. But guys are totally covered because failing to exercise their libidos falls under Medicare Part B’s requirement that they be given “reasonable” “treatment of an illness or injury.”
It’s an injury for men not to exercise their libido. It’s a social problem when women exercise theirs. This is inconsistent.
Header image by Marc Nozell.