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The White House has a neat-ola website where you can tell the President what it means to you to get the 40 dollars per month back that you'll get if the Republicans let the payroll tax cut extension pass.

I told President Obama what $40/month means to me, and you should too, if this situation sounds at all familiar.

Here's what I said:

You know what?  That $40/month is not even quite enough to pay the giant ($50) monthly co-pay on my birth control, which is fortunately covered by my insurance to at least some extent, so that I don't have to choose between medicine and food.
The co-pay waiver won't help me.  Within the next couple of years (no doubt before my employer-provided insurance changes enough to lose its grandfathered status) I will most likely be too old to be prescribed hormonal birth control.

I have been paying that $50/month co-pay now for several years.  Not even so I can run wild in the streets like the Slutty McSlutterson Rick Santorum fantasizes that I am.  Nope, I take it so that I, in my middle-aged nun-like celibate singlehood, can have monthly ladytimes that don't make me feel too sick and crappy to work.  In order to keep the side effects of this "miracle medicine" low enough to be worthwhile, I need a special low dose transdermal kind, not the old-school, generic, take by mouth kind.  And so every single month, under my semi-adequate employer provided health plan, I pay $50 for the privilege of taking this medicine.

I want to see some Democrats putting their damned foot down on this issue, instead of respectfully treating the Republicans like it's open for debate and maybe not so important after all.  Don't just fight to cover the Catholic workers.  Don't just cover people who are "grandfathered".  Free birth control for all, even me, at my advanced age.

Dammit.

And then they need to put their other damned foot down and make abortion safe, legal, and doable without state-sanctioned nonconsensual penetration, nationwide.  Because I am the 50.8%, dammit, and this party better start thinking about being responsive to women instead of to the minority crazies, or it's going to follow the Republican Party down the drain.

Originally posted to kismet on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:50 PM PST.

Also republished by Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Do you not see that it is the grossest idolatry to speak of the market as though it were the rival of God?

    by kismet on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:50:37 PM PST

  •  Aaah, much better (4+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, tardis10, sandrad23, mijita

    A rant is born.  There's no birth control that can hold back a good rant.

    Do you not see that it is the grossest idolatry to speak of the market as though it were the rival of God?

    by kismet on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:53:08 PM PST

    •  And a good one it was!! (2+ / 0-)
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      Jane Lew, mijita

      I'm 'fortunate' in that it should only cost me $10 for 3 months??  Or will it be $10 a month??  I have no real insurance any longer, but many pharmacies will do 'discount' on many generics.  I need the BC for similar reasons as you - I have endometreosis within the uteran wall - talk about a killer backache and basically having two cycles a month???  The BC helps to even it out and, more or less, get it all on basically the same pattern.

      If the Republicans succeed in getting BC banned.... there's going to be 50% of the population that's going to be sorely pissed off.  Can you say Lysteria time???

  •  You go! (1+ / 0-)
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    nchristine

    Personally I'm really really really sick of hearing people (mostly white men) talk about my reproductive system. Especially when it's clear they don't actually understand how it works.

    I think we women have done ourselves a a disservice by being too polite to talk about how we experience our fertility from age about 12 onward.  Menstruation, contraception, pap smears, tampons, pads, pregnancy tests when we're worried the contraception's failed. The cramps, the blood, the head aches, the back pain, the urinary tract infections.  It's something I think about every day and have for my entire adult life.

    As enlightened and educated as my husband is, and he is wonderful and enlightened, he doesn't experience his body in the way I experience mine. So there's only so much he can understand.

    "There once was a union maid..." Political compass: -9.75 / -8.72

    by mijita on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 07:02:43 PM PST

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