Good grief, do the attacks on Sandra Fluke ever stop on the Fox News channel? Fox’s Megyn Kelly was on Bill O’Reilly’s “The Factor” last night railing against Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke for her sense of “entitlement”. Kelly was basically arguing that since Fluke goes to Georgetown – which she described as a top school that will ensure that graduates earn a hefty six-figure salary when they graduate – that Fluke should not be playing the “victim”, and should be able to pay for her own birth control medication. In short, Fluke and the other students at Georgetown should not feel “entitled” to have medically prescribed contraceptives covered in their insurance plans, particularly since they are attending the prestigious Georgetown Law School.
The idea that Ms. Kelly can sit in her ivory tower at Fox News and dismiss the fact that women ARE entitled to a comprehensive healthcare insurance package – no matter what “school” they go to or who they work for since they are paying for it, is the height of arrogance. “Entitled” to what? Paying for insurance coverage and actually getting insurance coverage? Kelly and some others at Fox have managed to turn this issue into sex and “entitlement” instead of a government mandate for health insurers to cover contraception as preventative medicine. If men can have Viagra and vasectomies covered by their insurance policies, should women not have their contraceptive options covered as well. They make it sound as if this is about women wanting to build up large stockpiles of condoms and birth control for a 24/7 continuous sex orgy. The fact of the matter is this is more about insurance coverage for medically prescribed contraceptives used for women’s health issues as Fluke so succinctly noted in her testimony to Congress.
Here’s a newsflash to Megyn Kelly. Sandra Fluke and women in general are entitled to comprehensive healthcare that suits their needs including prescribed birth control medication– they PAY for it. As for your premiums going up because of government and insurance companies subsidizing the cost of the birth control component – or as Fox refers to it- subsidizing certain lifestyle choices – is it fair that health insurance premiums go up because obese people can’t control their diets? Why should health conscious individuals be asked to subsidize their lack of responsibility?
Moreover, for Kelly to assume that because a certain individual goes to a prestigious school like Georgetown and hence should be well within their means to pay for their own birth control medication is ridiculous. First of all, Sandra Fluke was not only speaking on behalf of Georgetown students, she is also speaking on behalf of all women. Moreover, you cannot assume to know what a person’s financial situation is no matter what “school” they go to. The argument that “after they graduate” they will be earning a significant salary so they shouldn’t be entitled to coverage that suits their medical needs is so utterly ridiculous it doesn’t warrant a reply.
The bottom line is that Megyn Kelly, or anyone else for that matter, has no business judging what insurance coverage Sandra Fluke, students at any school, or any other woman for that matter is “entitled” to. They are entitled to get coverage that suits their needs – including prescribed birth control medication for serious health issues – and Kelly or no institution is “entitled” to tell them no.