If Contraceptives are Free, How Are You Going to Get Them?

Ari David
March 16, 2012 Posted by Ari David ari@hollywoodrepublican.net

Debbie Wasserman Nancy Pelosi

Two Democrats at the forefront of the Contraception Controversy

Democrats love to promise people things and the blame Republicans for that thing not being available.  The latest thing being promised is contraception.

A question contraception-promising liberal Democrats should ask themselves before  legislating free contraceptives for all is:  If the contraceptive is free and those who produce it, have to produce it for no cost and derive no profit from its manufacture and distribution, is “who’s going to make them?”

No one does anything in the free market without profiting from it so why would anyone make anything the government tells them to without making profiting?  The liberals who are on the vanguard of this issue will tell us that the manufacturers will continue to get paid by taxpayers who fund the government for those goods.  But, how will this last and how long will it last?  Or as liberals love to ask: How will this be sustainable when eventually, those in charge of the government accuse the producers of fleecing the taxpayers?  Think it can’t happen?

Look at the petroleum industry.  Currently the biggest profiteer from a gallon of gasoline is the federal government but this “windfall” profit the government gets for doing nothing does not prevent politicians from constantly accusing oil companies of reaping “windfall” profits.  The fact is that an oil company makes 9 cents of profit per gallon after doing all the extracting, refining and distributing the product.  The U.S. Federal government makes 37 cents per gallon of gas for doing nothing but leveling that 37 cent-per-gallon tax on each gallon sold.  These facts make one re-evaluate who’s doing the “windfalling.”

When upstart politicians trying to get their names in the news about leveling “windfall” profit taxes on oil companies in order to pad the government’s already existing oil tax base, the oil companies are only incentivized to do only one thing; sell less gas.

Let’s now apply the same incentive principle to contraception.  Does one actually believe a politician someday won’t “investigate” how much a drug company or Condom Company is making in profits from the subsidies that are paid them by the government to supply birth control pills or latex condoms to all the people who use them?  What happens when the government, in an austerity measure or out of legal action stops paying the money to these companies needed by them to produce and distribute their products?  Does one really believe they will continue to do so; of course not.  The only eventual outcome will be that these products will disappear from the marketplace.  At that point, rest assured, the same politicians who demanded these products are made available to the public “for free” will blame the companies that no longer make them and their political opponents for their absence.

The other alternative is that once the companies that currently produce these products stop doing so, the government itself will step in to do it.  This never ends well because when a government does something the private sector can and should do, the first thing that suffers is quality and the second is safety.  Fine, have the government make our condoms and birth control pills but who will be held accountable when the condoms prove to be leaky and the birth control pills cause permanent sterility?  The answer is no one because politicians who created this mess will have long since retired.

How ironic then that the very people blaming their political opponents for “denying” safe and reliable contraception will be the ones who are actually denying, over the long term, safe and reliable contraception.

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3 Responses to If Contraceptives are Free, How Are You Going to Get Them?

  1. Spaceghost on March 16, 2012 at 8:47 am

    >>Democrats love to promise people things and the blame Republicans for that thing not being available. The latest thing being promised is contraception.

    You’re an idiot. No one is asking for contraceptives for free. They’re saying they should be covered by health plans. How are contraceptives less “available” than any other prescription medicine?

    >>If the contraceptive is free and those who produce it, have to produce it for no cost and derive no profit from its manufacture and distribution, is “who’s going to make them?”

    You’re an idiot. No one is legislating that there be endless supplies of contraceptives doled out for free to anyone who asks. Again: It’s no different from any other medication covered by a health plan.

    >>How ironic then that the very people blaming their political opponents for “denying” safe and reliable contraception will be the ones who are actually denying, over the long term, safe and reliable contraception.

    No, actually, you know what’s ironic? That you guys who are advocating to make it HARDER for women to have access to contraception haven’t thought through the CONSEQUENCES of it, namely that there would then be more unwanted pregnancies for people who can’t afford them. That means that instead of others paying for contraceptives, it would be others paying for the abortions for those who decide not to have the babies, and doctor bills for those who do. Then it will result in more crime, poverty, unemployment and need for social safety net programs that you guys profess to hate so much, and the only way to pay for them will be to raise taxes, which you guys also hate.

    In short, the economy is hurt incalculably more by women having less access to contraception than more, yet you guys are pushing for less because you’re letting the extreme religious right call the shots for your parties platform, all the while shouting “Freedom of religion!” and not even knowing what that means.

    That’s the irony.

    You’re welcome.

  2. joann on March 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    No one wants contraception to be difficult to obtain. It should not be a freebie though. I do not ask anyone to purchase my prescriptions. Let us all be responsible for ourselves.

  3. Spaceghost on March 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    >>I do not ask anyone to purchase my prescriptions. Let us all be responsible for ourselves.

    No one is asking anyone to purchase anyone’s prescriptions. Why is everyone putting this stuff in this weird separate box? I don’t get it. All anyone is arguing for is that it be covered like any other prescription medicine. Know why? BECAUSE IT’S PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE. The amount of people who take the pill for reasons OTHER than contraception is enormous, and the reasons are quite significant.

    The only reason there’s any discussion about this even on the table is because it ALSO enables people to have non-procreative sex. Which ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE WORLD IS FOR, and for which there at least a dozen good arguments for BEYOND the obvious one that people should be able to have non-procreative sex without fear of pregnancy.

    It boggles the mind. Of all things to get upset about. Of all things to try to reduce access to. Of all things to malign and slander an innocent woman for. Of all things for politicians to occupy themselves with, and to take the completely wrong side of, with so many bigger fish to fry. It’s like trying to outlaw puppies.

    It’s just goddamn weird.

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