Sen. Linda Lopez describes legislative Republicans as “Taliban-like”. How else to describe their conclusion that employers with religious objections should be exempted from the requirement to provide employees with free abortifacients and contraception? Sounds like something right out of the terrorist playbook to me.
Has there ever been more hyperbole, hypocrisy and misinformation surrounding an issue than what informs the imaginary “War on Women”? It’s absurd, like these people start believing the stuff they just made up.
Why should government dictate to job creators the specifics of how they should reimburse their workers anyway? That’s best left for the parties involved to work out for themselves as a contractual matter.
Besides that, paying for expectable, routine medical expenses through insurance is dumb. If you already know you want the benefit (i.e. BCPs), why give an insurance company the money and then hope you’ll get what you need and without too much of a handling charge deducted.
The imagined problem that gives me a wry laugh is the poor woman who is going to have to discuss her “nether parts” (as one columnist put it) with her boss to get her prescription paid for if it’s not for purposes of contraception.
Does anybody really think that’s going to happen? That’s not going to happen. The way these things work is that the doctor writes “Not for Birth Control” on the prescription and that’s it. Duh.
Still, the lies and exaggerations just keep on coming. I thought in America we respected freedom of conscience.
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Bio: Patterson is the volunteer chairman of the Goldwater Institute and past chairman of the Arizona Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
He has served on several community boards, including Goodwill of Central Arizona, Diamondbacks Foundation and Hospice of the Valley.
He is the state chairman for Americans for Tax Reform. Previously, he served as the President of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council (public sector chair). He was the minority leader (91-92) and majority leader (93-96) of the Arizona Senate.
He is a registered Republican but not politically active. In addition, he was the organizer and lead tenor of the original Arizona Singing Senators.