Have you missed Michele Bachmann and her tortured labyrinths of lugubrious logic since she dropped out of the presidential race, as we have? Do not worry, it’s not as if the babbling brook has gone dry; it is merely that no one is paying attention anymore. But they should! Because Michele Bachmann has a novel take on this whole birth control mandate controversy: this isn’t about the government peeing on the “religious freedom” of sweaty wingnuts so much as it is about the government trying to take control of a woman’s body away from her and tell her how many children she must have. Shall we strap in and see how Michele Bachmann arrived at her thesis?
Point: the government argues that making birth control more accessible by requiring insurers to cover it without a co-pay will help reduce unintended pregnancies, which cost a hell of a lot more than birth control.
“Going with that logic, according to our own Health and Human Services Secretary, it isn’t far-fetched to think that the President of the United States could say, we need to save health care expenses — the federal government will only pay for one baby to be born in the hospital per family, or two babies to be born per family. That could happen. We think it couldn’t?”
So Michele Bachmann is in favor of taxpayers paying for people to have non-stop sex. There should be free and unlimited government health care for anyone who wants to have sex, as long as it results in babies. That’s what we got from her statement. (Insurance companies, on the other hand, are not supposed to pay for people to have non-stop sex, because this is Tyranny.) GO ON?
Co-host Amy Holmes then asked: “Congresswoman, are you suggesting that this administration, or a next administration, would actually advocate a one-child policy like Communist China?”
Bachmann responded: “What I’m saying is that now that we know the President of the United States unilaterally can tell insurance companies, you must offer the morning-after abortion pill, you must offer sterilizations, you must offer contraceptives free to the recipients of those products, because we tell you to — which means they’re effectively setting the price, as well — that says that whoever the health care dictator, could conceivably make that order, as well.
Ooh, some economics! The government is “setting the price” of contraception to …zero, by requiring insurers to fully cover contraception, which means that every lady ever will use it all the time because SHIT, FREE STUFF? Yeah, probably that is what will happen. The point is, forcing insurers to cover birth control without a co-pay is secretly anti-choice. [TPM]