Huckabee Mansplains Why Women Don’t Want Their Birth Control Covered, Fails Miserably

2012 Republican National Convention: Day 3Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, presidential candidate (former and possible future) and professional moron (okay, I ad-libbed that last bit), attempted to convince women everywhere that they don’t want their birth control to be covered by Uncle Sam, by using a little trick called reverse psychology at the RNC winter meeting.  It didn’t work, because women aren’t a bunch of idiots.

According to Huckabee, Uncle Sam is our big, fat, birth control pimp and provider – because he allows the insurance plans that we pay for to cover our birth control, and we’re all waaaay too strong and smart to accept that kind of help, right? Right?

Women I know are outraged that Democrats 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 that 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 government then so be it! Let us take that discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be. And women across America have to stand up and say enough of that nonsense.

Reverse psychology is a fun tool. My three-year-old uses it when he’s trying to play with my phone. He walks up to me, looks at my phone, then pretends he wants to play with whatever other toy is in the vicinity. Then he says, That’s mommy’s phone. I don’t want mommy’s phone. Then he tries to grab the phone and run. It’s kind of cute.

It’s not too cute when an adult man like Huckabee does it though. Also, I think he’s confusing birth control pills with viagra, because I’m not quite sure where all this “libido” nonsense is coming from.

Birth control is a necessary component of women’s health services, dummy. Uncle Sugar actually has to open his pockets even more when we all have a bunch of babies we don’t want and can’t afford. Hence, the miracle of birth control.

Will Huckabee ever go away? Republicans dig their own graves when they talk about women and birth control, so maybe we should all be glad that he’s so clueless.

Here’s the whole clip if you can stomach it.

Mike Huckabee Uses Reverse Psychology To Convince Women They Don’t Want Their Birth Control Covered

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    • JLH1986

      At least the message is consistent. Men can’t help their libido so they rape. Women can’t help their libido so they have their insurance company pay for birth control. Totally make sense.

    • CMJ
      • Kat

        Oh my god, this gif, I’m gonna die. I’ve sat here watching and narrating for five mins. “Ready, set — nahfuckthat.”

    • Véronique Houde

      *eyeroll*

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      I’m Canadian, so I might be confusing the issue here but by the same argument then…nothing should be covered by insurance because having insurance pay for things for you means that you’re helpless???

      • MaebykittyRN

        You pretty much nailed it.

      • ted3553

        I just figured Huckabee must be a Canadian citizen because it seems like we’ve got a run of d-bags in the media lately who are canadian. (I’m Canadian too btw)

      • pixie

        No, no, our d-bags are still cool with BC and abortions, they just like to smoke crack and get in trouble with South American governments before getting in trouble for egging peoples houses and arrested in Florida for drag racing/resisting arrest/DUI. ;)
        (unless I’ve been living in a box and our Northern brethren have decided against BC and legal abortions?)

      • Tinyfaeri

        Yup. It is odd that you never hear “weak-ass bitches, expecting insurance to pay for their chemo” isn’t it? Oh, yeah, no, it’s not.

    • Jen

      So he also feels the same about Uncle Sugar paying for Viagra, I guess.

      • Aimee Beff

        No no no, men are SUPPOSED to want sex! But if women enjoy sex (other than the joy of knowing it could result in babies) then they are horrible slutbags. That’s just ~biology~!

      • Jen

        They should make a medicine to keep our shameful libidos in check! However, I’m betting that Huckabee still would have a problem with that being covered. We should all just set our troublesome lady sex parts aflame and be done with it.

      • Aimee Beff

        Uhhh excuse you, if you jettison the ladygarden then how are you going to crank out a baby every year as Huckabee’s lord intended? Maybe Huckabee will be willing to let our prescription plans pay for daily below-the-waist lidocaine injections to just take our minds off that sort of earthly pleasure.

      • Jen

        Insurance coverage for female circumcision might be an acceptable option.

      • shel

        Hey, for some women, OCPs are a libido killer… so really, they should be promoting it even more!!

        But then they might have to think about how men are involved in all of this potential baby-making sex having, and I’m sure they wouldn’t want that.

      • Laura Matthews

        Ha! Exactly, as if he would ever stand in the way of a man and his erection. And if his party truly stood “for the recognition of equality” like he says, then men should take that responsibility upon themselves and should not need the government’s help to provide a prescription for them in order to be able to work and control their reproductive organs properly. How INSULTING must it be to them that they get Uncle Sam’s help to get it up?!

      • Alex Lee

        “stand in the way of a man and his erection”

        is that anything like being between a rock and a hard place?

        I apologize. One entire internets for you.

      • Véronique Houde

        Well, I mean… the feminist movement is by definition taking men’s boners away from them… So… it would be logic that the republicans assist men in taking their boners back and send the women back into the kitchen… right? FREE VIAGRA FOR ALL!!!

    • keelhaulrose

      God forbid I have the same libido as a man, and want a way to avoid needing an abortion or having a baby that needs public assistance.
      I forgot, republicans think sex should be for the rich.

    • MaebykittyRN

      I can’t. I just…can’t. I know people who would vote for this nonsense. I laugh to keep from crying.

    • shel

      I stumbled upon this on Yahoo… and the time I wasted reading comments in that wasteland is time I can never get back…
      I hate the complaint of “I don’t want to pay for your choices” but only when that applies to you choosing to have sex… but tax payers should pay for my choice to eat crappy food and need high blood pressure medication…
      Can’t have it both ways, folks! Prescription medications should be covered like any prescription medication, period…

    • Aimee Beff

      I’m confused by a lot of things Huckabee says here, but:

      “… 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 government …”

      1. Is it okay if I “control my libido” with non-Obamacare insurance to pay for my birth control? Does the method by which I obtain BC affect how much of the sex I’m having is OK versus CRAZY IRRESPONSIBLE LIBIDO?

      2. Is there a medicine I should be taking to control my reproductive system? Am I going to wake up one morning to find my uterus has escaped like a zoo tiger?

      • waffre

        Did you ever see that episode of the X-files where the zoo animals were getting abducted and when they returned they were briefly invisible? What I’m saying is that your uterus is an invisible tiger. Actually that’s a pretty accurate metaphor for the Republican stance on women’s reproductive systems: both nonexistent and very dangerous.

      • Sara

        The Greeks thought if you didn’t have a baby in your uterus then it traveled around your body causin problems. I think the word hysteria was involved

      • Psych Student

        For that matter, what if I don’t *want* to control my libido? I’m perfectly content with it’s current state of being, thank you very much.

    • Kay_Sue

      I have really sat here and tried to come up with something that’s snarky and funny and witty, but I can’t. I’m just too exhausted by the constant attacks on my sexuality and reproductive rights from the conservative Right. How my *privately-purchased* insurance covers necessary prescription drugs is not any of their business. My choices to have or not have children are none of their business.

      I will leave this meme here. I’m kind of interested in voting for Odin myself. Did you see how progressive the laws regarding rape were in Viking society compared to other societies at the time? I feel like he really understands what women want–no more ice giants, indeed.

      • Natasha B

        I kind of just want to cry, knowing there are men and women out there who still think like that. Thank god my daddy raised girls with brains.

      • Rayne_of_Castamere

        Fraud! That man is not wearing a wide-brimmed hat to cover his missing eye and in fact HAS no missing eye! That cannot be Odin! Fraud! Fraud, I say!

        I gotta stop reading so much mythology.

      • Rachel Sea

        Odin sacrificed his eye to Mimir’s well after battling the frost giants.

      • Kay_Sue

        Would you like to see his birth certificate? HE DOESN’T HAVE ONE BECAUSE ODIN!

      • Kay_Sue

        I actually came back to this thread specifically because it occurred to me–while I was mopping my kitchen, actually–that I had responded to this comment and failed to say I effin’ love your screenname here. It’s a nice day for a Red Wedding, I think.

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      Ummmmm note to Mike: birth control is not being enforced on women. If you don’t want to take it, don’t. If you do, why the f*ck would you want to pay for it if your insurance covers it? And if for some odd reason you are offended that your insurance plan is willing to cover this expense then don’t give the pharmacist your rx card when you go to drop off your prescription. Duh!

      I guess he forgot about the women out there that can’t afford the extra expense of having children or paying for birth control but I guess that’s not his target audience.

      • Kay_Sue

        They are totally his target audience for his pro-life message, though. Just, fuck preventing the pregnancy or supporting the family after it’s born…

      • NYBondLady

        If you are paying for health insurance that provides birth control, then you are paying for birth control even if you don’t pay at the drugstore register.
        Ever hear of the expression: “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”?

      • Stephanie

        Yeah, and I may never get diabetes or have heart trouble. Doesn’t mean I’m not paying for someone else to receive that medication. I have no problem with that. That’s the way insurance works. What’s your point?

      • NYBondLady

        My point is that there is a difference between mandated insurance-provided BC (which will raise premiums, so it’s never tecnically “free”) and “free” BC provided by the government (via taxpayers). And on top of that, the assumption that women are unable to procure birth control for themselves via the marketplace or their own insurance providers.
        Access to birth control =/= free birth control

      • Stephanie

        So…wait. Because someone provides something for you, it automatically means they’re assuming you can’t procure it for yourself? Really? My boss provides free coffee and sodas for the office staff. I’m pretty sure he knows we could get our hands on beverages some other way if the need arose. And…yes, God forbid the government makes anyone’s life just a bit easier. We can’t ever have that, can we?

      • NYBondLady

        If women procured it for themselves, then we wouldn’t be having this debate, would we?
        This has been argued here a million times but somehow people just don’t seem to get it: Access to birth control does NOT mean free birth control. If an insurance company decides to provide a new benefit, whether that is birth control or breast implants or face lifts, the costs are going to RISE. Why do people think that increased coverage AND increased premiums suddenly mean “free” services?

      • CMJ

        I think you’re the only one getting got up on this “free” thing.

      • NYBondLady

        Then what is the outrage at Huckabee for? If women are willing to pay for their own BC either via out of pocket or through insurance premiums, then everyone here shouldn’t care what he says, right?

      • CMJ

        Well, because he’s a douchehole.

      • shel

        Because he is supporting insurance companies making the decision to not provide any birth control coverage whatsoever, which is not cool… That’s like an insurance companying saying, sorry diabetics, we don’t want to pay for your insulin, so even though you pay us every month for our service, you still have to pay full price out of your pocket for your insulin, because we believe that diabetes is caused by the devil.
        They can’t pick and choose what to cover, especially if they are going to agree to cover things like viagra for erectile dysfunction. The whole point of the new health care laws is to provide equal coverage for everybody, not that health care is going to be free.

      • NYBondLady

        Actually that’s like an insurance company saying “we make our own decisions based on a supply/demand curve and cost/benefit analysis and it’s a free market so you can shop around for the insurance you want. And you can’t tell me what to do.”
        For the ACA healthcare, then yes, you can tell it what to do. But I have a real problem with the government telling private companies what to do, as should anyone who values liberty and the founding principles of this country.

      • CMJ

        I have no problem with the government telling corrupt insurance companies what to do.

      • NYBondLady

        And I have no problem with the insurance companies telling the corrupt government where to shove it.

      • CMJ

        Except they can’t…because, you know…ACA is a law. That was upheld. By the Supreme Court.

      • chisai

        Well, that sucks, because that’s the way it is now! You’re sitting here trying to debate the merits of the ACA with people when it has passed, it is in effect, and it is not what we are discussing. What we are actually trying to discuss is Huckabee’s disgusting, sexist, idiotic comments. Your issue seems to be a whole other issue and it’s kind of shitty for you to turn comments we are making into a way for you to spout off about Obamacare.

      • shel

        Employers who are providing healthcare for their employees should not have the ability to dictate what medical coverage their employees can recieve when it is prescription coverage for common medications. No other medication has been singled out the way birth control has been. If we livedin a society where this was the norm- this company doesn’t cover blood pressure medication, oh, that company doesn’t cover antibiotics… this one doesn’t cover diabetic medications, it would be one thing… but that’s not how things work.
        If your insurance covers prescriptions, it should cover them all. Plus there is all that HIPPAA stuff that also says your employer doesn’t have a right to know anything about your medical history or the medications you are on.

      • NYBondLady

        I suggest you look up “Express scripts” and see what changes that Rx provider has recently made to its coverage policies. If you think that all prescriptions are covered, then you are completly out of touch with the current state of healthcare.

      • shel

        Okay, not every single possible medication ever, but medications from all classes are represented under every insurer who covers prescriptions, so that should include some birth control options.
        For example, there are multiple options for blood pressure medications that can be prescribed to a patient, different companies, like Express scripts, do make deals with pharm companies and say “we will cover this medication that you make, and not the one made by the other company” but they are still covering medications in that class of drug. It should be the same for birth control.

        And in the case of a medication that is not covered, but a doctor thinks that specific medication is necessary, then we get to call the insurance company and do a prior authorization and a million pages of paperwork to get that medication covered for a patient who needs it.

      • AnotherMel

        You make me so FREAKN’ thankful I’m Canadian. It’s this kind of asinine logic I don’t get. I’m sure you’ll just chalk me up to being a socialist commie, but really?!? The US is the only western country without adequate health care coverage and you and Huckabee prove why.

        I’m religious, I go to church every week and I DO NOT get the Christian right in the US AT ALL. Head shake….

      • Armchair Observer

        Awesome! So my local trash collection company should be able to just save money by dumping all my trash into the river the on the edge of town rather than those expensive methods they currently use? Cool! And the factories in my town should be able to hire 5 year olds, since they won’t demand any benefits? Neato! Oh, and should the restaurants downtown be able to store perishables out in the open without refrigeration since refrigeration is just so darn expensive? Fabulous. Oh, wait…Yeah, no.

        Hmm, all of those things are not actually cool. What keeps them from happening is governments’ telling private companies what to do.

      • chisai

        he is creating a false narrative that dems are somehow oppressing women by duping them into thinking they “need” the government to pay for their birth control because they can’t control their libidos. there is so much wrong with this, not least the assumption that women only want birth control because they just can’t stop having sex. but to your point, HE is the idiot pretending that bc is going to be free, not us. and the whole “he’s wrong, so you shouldn’t care what he says!” crap is bs, because he is an influential politician who literally has influence on people’s lives, so yes, it matters what comes out of his mouth.

      • Véronique Houde

        I think you’re the one who doesn’t get it. When everyone pays into the insurance, the cost of all these meds get spread out – therefore it becomes more affordable for all. Just like any other drug.

      • shel

        This hasn’t been about the government providing birth control, it’s never been that the government is just going to hand it out… it’s about it being paid for by insurance companies (mandated by the new government regulations on health care), which should be covering it anyway.
        Insurance companies cover all kinds of other medications that we might not “agree” with, that people need because of choices they make… So for them to opt out of all birth control coverage under the guise of religion is BS.

      • Guest

        Exactly. I don’t smoke, but I don’t complain about insurance coverage for smoking cessation products. I don’t ahve Type 2 Diabetes, but I don’t complain testing strips and lancets being covered.

      • JLH1986

        Since I pay roughly $450 a month for my insurance. I would argue my BC wasn’t free at all.

      • meteor_echo

        Ah, you again.I think you’re lurking around to make sure that, every time there’s an article on abortion or birth control, there would be your bullshit in the comment section.

        We’re getting real tired of you here.

        http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/c6/a4/56/c6a45610bbb1db47858841895fd78be1.jpg

    • MegzWray

      I apologize from the bottom of my uterus for the dumb things that my fellow Republicans tend to say.

    • Guest

      Um, I’m a woman and I didn’t mind paying for my birth control. That $1.81 I was paying every three months was not really breaking my budget. I guess I don’t understand why insurance covering the costs of birth control by forcing everyone else’s premiums to raise is worth it. (And yes, I understand that premiums are raised every year, and I also understand that it is not ONLY because of the “free” birth control that everyone’s premiums have raised exponentially, but it is one of the required parts of the healthcare plan.)

      Birth control was always covered by insurance, you may have had to pay a deductible for it at the pharmacy but it wasn’t not covered. There is a difference between it being covered and being “no cost.”

      • CMJ

        A couple things:

        Not everyone’s premiums have raised exponentially.

        Just because your birth control cost $1.81 it doesn’t mean everyone else’s does.

        Birth control was definitely NOT always covered by insurance.

      • Jen

        CMJ is right – costs can vary greatly among plans. I would have loved to pay $1.81 every three months for BC, but mine cost $40 a month.

      • Savannah61

        Jen, mine did too. I couldn’t take the pill because it made me a raging lunatic. Seriously. I started taking it when I got engaged and I am so thankful my husband still wanted to marry me. I sat down with my OBGYN and told him all I wanted was something that would prevent pregnancy and not make me nuts. So he suggested NuvaRing, which was great. But expensive. Obviously, the price was a sacrifice I was willing to make because I paid for it for almost two years. But I was so thankful when it was paid for in full by my insurance. Just made things a bit easier.

      • Guest

        Perhaps I should clarify, I did not mean to imply that everyone’s bc cost as low as mine did, just noting that I didn’t mind paying my deductible for it. I’m glad you feel some people’s insurance hasn’t gone up, in my (admittedly) narrow scope of the world everyone I personally know has seen theirs at least double or raise by 25%. Birth control was never free over the counter, are you saying that this form medicine wasn’t covered by insurance? That’s really shocking to me, since I have been on many plans with many different types, and while I’ve always had to pay, the cost has been lowered by insurance just like with all other medications. (Again, narrow scope of the world.).

        Listen, obviously I’m not going to demand the drugstore charge me for my bc when it is “free”, but I guess I don’t understand the logic of why this one medication is “free” and all other ones are charged a deductible.

      • CMJ

        Actually, all medicines, office visits, and procedures considered preventative care no longer have a co-pay (not a deductible). Birth control is just one of the many prescriptions in that “mandate.”

        It is, however, the only one that people seem to have a problem with. I’ve never heard anyone bitch about “paying for Grandpa’s prostate exam.”

      • Guest

        I understand your perspective, but I just think we will have to agree to disagree. I don’t mind paying a co-pay (thank you) for my medications. There is a certain one that I pay for once every 30 days for $172 that would be great if it was completely covered by insurance, but that ain’t going to happen.

      • shel

        Depending on the insurance, some do have a lot of medications that are free… particularly medicare/medicaid… We used to have people bring their kids to the emergency room for fever (a visit they couldn’t afford to pay for, but the ER doesn’t have a copay like the doctor’s office) just to get a prescription for tylenol, which would then be given to them for free at the pharmacy.
        So in lowering the cost of birth control for a lot of people, since not everyone can take one that has a generic or that is “cheap” is better public health for everybody.

      • Guest

        Yes, but there are companies that are protesting – based on their moral or religious beliefs- having to offer insurance to their employees that provides coverage for birth control. Not necessarily free birth control – just the option to have some of the cost paid by insurance. That is crazy inappropriate. It’s none of any employer’s business what medical decisions their employees make.

      • JLH1986

        My antibiotic last month was free. So it’s not just birth control that is “free” (Though since I pay $450 a month to my insurance company I don’t know that I can say it’s free) like every other prescription medication there is a formulary, it just so happens that most birth controls fall in that formulary for free. A good friend gets some new BC and she pays $4 copay every month for it. IUDs are not free for most people, etc. it just depends on your prescription and your insurance companies formularies.

      • Armchair Observer

        In GA, at least, the insurance coverage for state employees (including teachers) did not and does not cover BC.

      • Joye77

        Not so long ago I remember having to pay 30 bucks a month for my pills because my ins. didn’t cover them. That adds up over a damn year! Oddly enough my ins. covered Viagra at that time. Go effin’ figure!

    • JLH1986

      Also what about those on BC for other purposes? I was never on BC to prevent pregnancy but to regulate my god awful periods. That to this day is the “reason” for my prescription. So since my “raging woman libido” has nothing to do with it how does that factor into Mr. Huckabee’s argument?

      • shel

        OCP’s, the ring, depo etc. are medications, and thus they should be treated like one when it comes to insurance companies. There should be no judgement as to why you need a medication from someone who is not your doctor. Just that you have a prescription for it and your prescription insurance coverage should take on some if not all of the cost like it does for any other medication…
        We can diagnose everyone with dysmenorrhea to be treated by the pill if that’s what it takes :P

      • evilstepmom

        Thank you for this. I’m getting really tired of politicians forgetting that BC can (and is) used for a number of other purposes besides preventing birth!

      • JLH1986

        It always annoyed me like hello it’s used for medical reasons to. Now when I was single and what not the “no baby” was a nice perk too. lol

      • Kat

        Well see, we should just change the name to like, uterine control or whatever. Then maybe this asshat and his asshattery wouldn’t be so confused.

    • Itpainsmetosay

      I just want to point out something that never seams to be considered by people who argue for or against BC. Some people take BC for reasons other than pregnancy prevention, like me. I take it because I have a condition that causes me to feel like I am being stabbed and hurts so much that I cant move. The way to fix this is to regulate my period, which btw BC does. I have also met many girls who have a smiler problem or problems that can only be solved with regulation. I just wish those who are against BC were aware of the fact that BC isn’t just for people who want to get their freak on without putting a baby in (which if that is why you take the pill I am all for your right to do so). Part of me wants this man to experience the kind of period that has you over the toilet for three days every month because you’re in so much pain it makes you physically ill (I knew a girl that this happened to but now she takes the pill and is better). So to be clear its not always about sex or no sex, it’s sometimes about comfort and health.

      • Mystik Spiral

        Me too, I have PCOS and have to take birth control to even HAVE a period. I argue this point until I’m blue in the face, but still it all comes down to women on BC are slutty whores who can’t keep their legs closed.

        And even women who ARE slutty whores should be able to get their damn BC covered!!!

      • Itpainsmetosay

        Thank you, women have a right to choose but women who don’t have a choice should be considered. Also, I am so sorry and I totally understand because I have something smiler.

      • Alicia Kiner

        I started bc pills when I was 13 because I had my period for 6 weeks straight. I didn’t have sex until I was nearly 18. I was one of those women who took bc medical reasons, and continued taking them after having a tubal ligation. I got in this argument with my cousin, who is very Catholic. These pills are medicine, and medically necessary. That’s all anyone needs to know

      • Itpainsmetosay

        Heck ya and I hope you won that argument because I am so comfortable thinking about it as medically necessary I sometimes mention it (I get nauseous if I haven’t eaten) if they ask why I feel sick. The looks they give me you’d think I’d done the dirty in front of them. It just makes me want to yell at them “It’s medicine good grief”.
        Also I am so sorry that happened it must have been so traumatic for you at that age, I would have not been able to handle it at that age, btw the girl I was talking about also started at 13 and because her mother was religious she refused to let her use the pill until she was 16.

      • Alicia Kiner

        I was so embarrassed to even change a pad at school then. I was lucky because my dr didn’t do a full exam. I was TERRIFIED of that. It obviously stuck with me, but not the worst thing ever.

      • Itpainsmetosay

        I had my first (and worst) pain while in English class in middle school and I had never experianced cramps before (I played sports) so I had nothing to compare it to. I endded up crying through lunch and another hour of class before they called anybody. It didn’t crop up again until I was 16 but it was different (the pain I mean) so when I told my mom she dismissed it until two months later when I asked her why she hadn’t taken me to the doctor. Needless to say I was a bit traumatized. Good news is it was a real bonding moment between me and my doctor because she had the same thing and knew what it was like.
        Also I’m 20 now and the idea of a full exam still scares me.

    • Julia Sonenshein

      I’m going to go eat some ice cream and then have sex with anyone who gets in my way #usa

    • Guest

      @allisonjayne:disqus
      not quite, insurance is in place so that if something goes wrong they can help you by covering the costs. Look at car insurance, if I get into a car accident and cause damage or injury then of course insurance will pay thats what its for, but I don’t expect them to take care of normal costs like gas or maintenance.

      • shel

        But health insurance isn’t the same as car insurance. A huge part of health insurance is preventative care, the healthier you are, the less likely you are to need to spend the big bucks on procedures and medications later.
        It’s just a convention of how things work that insurance companies are the main player in how health care is delivered and paid for in this country.

      • CMJ

        Actually, insurance companies have no problem providing no-copay/low co-pay for preventative care because it saves them money in the long run.

        You must be thinking of those catastrophic plans that are now defunct under ACA .

      • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

        Health insurance and auto insurance are very different. For one thing, owning a car is optional – you choose to own a car, it’s not a “right” that everyone has. Everyone, however, has a body.

    • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

      As much as I love not having babies, that’s not what I use mine for. Its for dysmenorreah. And it’s very expensive. I tell my husband it’s like paying a few dollars a day to open a condom you won’t use so that you won’t get kicked repeatedly in the nutsack for a week later.

    • SusannahJoy

      He makes my eye twitch. RAGE!!!!

    • Amber Starr

      Please excuse me while I drink this rage headache away………………………..

      AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! THISGUYISAFUCKINGSCUMBAG!

      *Chug* I feel better now.

    • Momma425

      That’s funny, Huckabee copied the speech I was going to make about men of America:
      “Men I know are outraged that Democrats think that men are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them erectile dysfunction (boner) medication. Men I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything that anyone else can do. Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of men and the capacity of men. That’s not a war on them, that’s a war for them.
      And if the Democrats want to insult the men of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for boner medication because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government then so be it! Let us take that discussion all across America because men are far more than the Democrats have played them to be. And men across America have to stand up and say enough of that nonsense.”

    • AlexMMR

      I wish they’d just be honest about their intentions, to move us back to the days when a man was the head of the household and a woman pretty much had to put up with whatever crap her husband gave her. The invention of the pill was what finally allowed women the ability to enter the workforce en masse and do what they wanted with their lives rather than end up trapped in a position they didn’t want to be in. It’s the moment in history when women as a population exited the roles they were assigned and started assigning their roles in life themselves. It’s the moment we truly became threats to the patriarchy. A whole new population that every male has to compete with for jobs and advancement. Make birth control a challenge to obtain and the number of competitors in life reduces drastically.

      • Joye77

        Oh my goodness! I totally agree. It’s part of their fundamentalist Christian beliefs that women should be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen and the man is the much admired Head of the Household. I honestly feel that these men are threatened by women and want to push us back to the 1950s.

    • Alicia Kiner

      If the government was saying we HAD to take birth control, he’d have a valid point. Since that isn’t the case, he just sounds stupid. I honestly don’t get why they are so upset about this. Just because the government is requiring insurance companies to pay for birth control, doesn’t mean anyone HAS to take it. Make whatever choice for you that you want.

    • Julie

      Yup, he hit *that* nail on the head. My *only goal* in life is to have the government pay for my birth control.

      Seriously?

    • Psych Student

      Does it make me weak that I really do need someone to step in and write me a script for antidepressants and antianxiety meds each month and it would be *super* helpful if the government would do that? Ok, maybe, because if I don’t get those things I won’t be able to control my emotional state or, you know, function. Alright, I’m weak. Now give me my pills.