Alicia Baker, an opinion contributor at USA Today, wrote a piece about the recent Supreme Court nomination. She said that Judge Kavanaugh would make it difficult for women to obtain items that prevent pregnancy. Alicia mentioned in the article that her particular choice was surprisingly financially straining. Somehow, she has tied Judge Kavanaugh to the price of her choice of pregnancy prevention and the ability to access different methods.
However, her arguments are emotional and pointless. It’s not the taxpayer’s responsibility to pay for anyone’s birth control, and Brett Kavanaugh has nothing to do with what pregnancy prevention methods one may use.
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Alicia researched the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and saw that birth control would be free. However, her insurance was through her employer, a church. The church itself saw nothing wrong with pregnancy prevention, but her health insurer did not cover the IUD that Baker sought. She failed to check with her insurance company and ended up with a $1200 bill for the procedure.
The bill shocked her and her fiancé. Instead of blaming herself for not checking with her insurance company, she pointed the finger elsewhere: Republicans. Baker and her fiancé were able to pay for the unexpected bill but struggled. Welcome to the real world, Alicia.
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Alicia said that “health insurance coverage” will be denied if Kavanaugh is confirmed, making a typical straw man argument. Alicia had healthcare and wasn’t denied anything. In truth, she is upset that the IUD wasn’t free. Alicia has access to many different types of birth control, but she had to pay for it due to her lack of research.
She went on to say,” It’s already too hard to get birth control in this country, and we don’t need to make matters worse by adding a hardliner like Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.” She is wrong. There is nothing hard about going to a local drug store, or Walmart, to purchase condoms. Sadly, teenagers play the game of risk by buying them and being sexually active. It’s incredible that adults claim to have a hard time getting access to pregnancy prevention, but high school kids can easily purchase a box of 12 contraceptives for around $5.35.
Using Faith is Disingenuous.
Alicia says that she is a Christian. She goes on to quote a verse from the Bible, Proverbs 31: 8-9, which says to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves. Somehow, according to Alicia, this verse means the government should provide birth control. It would, perhaps, be a tad more accurate to say this verse instructs a government to judge righteously for all people, which would not mean forcing taxpayers to pay for contraceptives.
She goes on to “call on” leaders to face inequity. There is no inequality because the government isn’t paying for pregnancy prevention. The left’s biggest argument for gay marriage was that the government should “stay out of our bedroom.” Why doesn’t the same rule apply to birth control?
Individuals should pay for their conception prevention methods. There is no right for them. Alicia’s complaint is a case of someone who is ignorant of the faith exemptions in Obamacare, and fell for the lie that government will fix something. Alicia and her fiancé had to pay in full, and she is upset about it. Instead of griping about a mistake, she should learn from this.
If you plan to make the adult decision to get married, then get ready for an adulthood full of surprises, ups, down, sorrow, and heartbreak to punch you in the mouth, Alicia. It’s going to be a blast.