As a professional writer, I read a lot. The first thing I do in the morning is get a cup of coffee and sit down in front of my computer and read what has happened in the world overnight, then I read the opinions of what has happened. Unfortunately, it is becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between fact and fiction when it comes to the news, current events and, most tellingly, politics.
I am not a person who trusts one news outlet. I read news stories from many different outlets, and try to sift fact from fiction, news from propaganda, and there are times I have trouble separating them. Which got me thinking about someone with a ‘real’ job, someone who doesn’t spend hours getting their news and has, honestly, better things to do.
I’m not talking about ‘low-information’ voters (or low-information people, for that matter), but if three different news sites have three different stories with three different conclusions, how do you sort out the truth? The Supreme Court’s decision on Hobby Lobby got me started down this road, and believe me, I read more than three ‘hard’ news stories on that decision, and none of them stated what, to me, was obvious. The blogs and opinion pieces were actually even less informative, if that is possible.
In the interest of fairness, I have been known to compare Obamacare to prohibition, and feel that we will get the same results from both, but it took almost a week before someone wrote what I had been thinking. The contraceptive mandate was added to Obamacare after it had been voted on, ratified and signed into law by the president. As a matter of fact, it is safe to say that the ACA would not have passed the Senate if the contraceptive mandate had been left in.
So, instead of talking about why we, as taxpayers, should be funding birth control, at all, we have gotten a week of people talking how the Supreme Court is waging war on women, causing a constitutional crisis, in the pocket of big business and, my personal favorite, how they are waging a constitutional war on big-business from the pocket of women (okay, I made up the last one, but it wouldn’t have surprised me). What I do know is that the Supreme Court ruled that some, not all, contraceptives are not covered by the ACA if a closely-held business objects to them on a religious ground.
That seems pretty simple, doesn’t it?
I am firmly in the camp that believes employers should stay out of their employee’s personal business, and employees should keep their personal business to themselves. Granted, I am 50 years old, but I have never had a discussion with my boss about contraceptives. I have never looked at an insurance policy and wondered where the condom coverage was (and I am not going to start now).
If you want business and government out of your bedroom, don’t invite them in.
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