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MARCH 14, 2012 1:08PM

ANAL PROBES BEFORE VIAGRA

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Men, I have wonderful news! To those of you who felt that your health needs have been ignored or put by the wayside with all of the talk of women’s healthcare issues such as contraception(for sluts, especially-I guess that makes 98% of us sluts), abortion wars, breast exams and pap smears-there is a bright future on the horizon and some legal parity behind the scenes. You will be ignored no longer-I bet that makes you so happy!  

In the wake of all the female-centric reproductive bills pushed forth since the 2010 Apocalypse-excuse me, elections-several Democratic legislators are working to ensure that men’s healthcare needs will not be ignored. In Wilmington, Delaware, Councilwoman Loretta Walsh sponsored a resolution that declares ‘each egg person’ and ‘each sperm person’ equal in the eyes of government. Ohio legislator Nina Turner, a Democrat, has been upset at all of the bills her colleagues have been passing to regulate women’s reproductive health. She has proposed a bill that limits men’s ability to get Viagra without meeting certain conditions set forth by the government. “We should show the same attention and love to men’s reproductive health as we do to women’s",Turner told the Huffington Post. “And my bill does that.” Her bill would require men receive psychological counseling to verify that they have a medical reason for taking erectile dysfunction medications, such as Viagra, before they can legally obtain a prescription for it. It also requires doctors to inform men of the potential risks of taking ED drugs-in writing. In Oklahoma, state legislator Constance Johnson, a Democrat, has introduced an amendment to the state's "personhood" bill that states that "any action in which a man may ejaculate or otherwise deposit semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child." Here is her reasoning, “The Personhood bill would potentially allow governmental intrusion into families' personal lives by policing what happens to a woman's eggs without any similar thought to what happens to a man's sperm. My amendment seeks to draw attention to the absurdity, duplicity and lack of balance inherent in the policies of this state in regard to women.”

Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Democrat, introduced an amendment to her state’s mandatory ultrasound bill that requires men to watch a very graphic video on the potential side effects of Viagra before receiving a prescription(yes-that old-if an erection lasts more than 4 hours seek emergency medical treatment because your penis will become gangrenous and probably fall off-painfully). Another bill by Virginia state Senator Janet Howell, Democrat, would require men to have a rectal exam, with possible anal probe, before obtaining any ED drugs. I guess there are some really pissed off women-me included!

This just shows the level of absurdity many state laws are reaching to attack women’s reproductive health choices. Personhood bills seek to outlaw birth control pills for not allowing a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus-a fertilized egg is not a human being-and I hate to tell you but many fertilized eggs do not implant naturally. We are going to have a whole new criminal underclass of menstruating women, whose monthly ‘dividends’ will be checked by the ‘Santorum Police’ or the ‘Period Posse’. States trying to criminalize miscarriages-how will you prove that they did not occur naturally? God only knows they won’t trust women, because they don’t trust us now. Where does this insanity end?

So there you have it men!  The Women legislators are looking out for your best interests, because by nature, owning a penis makes you incapable of making these decisions-if you follow the male logic. It is like owning a uterus and ovaries makes women incapable of forming a cohesive thought, making a medical decision on their own, or managing their own fertility.  

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There is something very sweet about this concern for men's health. I am all for the probing before viagra even though it may be called
"tough love"
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RomanticPoetess-I think we need to show concern! Thanks for your comments!
I'm all for the anal probes if we are forced to have vaginal sonograms. Equality for both sexes!
Right on, EricaK! It is just so demaning to be treated like a child! Thanks for your comment!
And, of course, they can never get the prescription if they're not married.
I haz my anal probe by a trained professional, least he said he was trained and he seem professional!! :D

No, he wasn't a 'real' doctor so....:D

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Fair and square! And I'm a man. Then again, some of those guys pushing this stuff on women might enjoy that probe thingy....
the absurdity of legislation of erogenous zones has reached
a zenith i hope we shall not
overreach.

men are not encumbered with all these 'internal' sex organs,
except prostate & balls of course,
but those are kinda 'outside'

it is the hidden nature of gals' good parts
that befuddles the Arbiters.
what is going on in there, they wonder.
we probe and press, we men.
as of now, not much knowledge, ha!
so outlaw the whole thing..
I always wondered why that warning "in case of an erection lasting four hours or more" wasn't followed up by "find a sorority" but then I went back to my trough and forgot about it...
Rated.
jlsathre-That goes without saying-no sex without marriage! Thank you for commenting!

Tinkertink69-I have a feeling you may have looked for this professional? Maybe? I hope you win the ofice you are running for, because at least you may run things a little more honestly than those in charge! Thanks for commenting!

LuminousMuse-I think you may be correct in that assumption! I am definitely not anti-man. I live with 2 adult sons and my husband, so I am not 'anti-man'. I am more anti-misogynistic uterine obsessed sanctimonious windbag(you know-like Santorum). Thanks for commenting!

James-I am amused and frightened at the fascination that certain male lawmakers have with all the ladyparts. It is almost pathological! Thank you for commenting!
Samasiam-the warning sounds funny until you realize it means a loss of blood flow to the, uh, area. I know my husband squirmed when he read that part! Thanks for your comments!
While most liberal types are being disingenuous over the BC issues, people introducing this type of legislation are going to set Democrats and women back 50 years as this is clearly a game and the American people are tired of games from elected officials.
Catnlion-perhaps you missed the laws being proposed by the Republicans? It would be funny if these guys(and it is mainly men) would be just as interested in these children once they were born. The children are on their own, to suffer, especially if they were born to a poor family. Because we can see from the welfare cuts, Medicaid cuts, education budgets and then conversely the tax breaks given to megacorporations and to polluters- how much life is not cherished by these money-grubbing control freaks who would sell their mother's soul for a buck. But you are entitled to your opinion. Thanks for your comment!
How about having men clean out a closet in a room painted pink before they can have a prescription for Viagra? Just sayin'.
I would like to go even further - out of concern of course for men - and ensure they have no issues with prostate and bladder - so they should have cystoscopy first - a penile probe.
Hilarious...and scary. Personally I'm anti-abortion (for the most part), but overall I'm pro-choice. It's ridiculous how elected officials can stick their nose into someone else's business. The hypocrisy among elected officials is just appalling. There needs to be more separation of church and state, and some of these jokers need to set aside their own personal beliefs to do what's best for all of the people and not their own simple-minded agendas.
Lefty-I also think that maybe an afternoon watching your lady's choice of movies, instead of a football game(maybe that is more painful than an anal probe for some men?!), or maybe being sent to the store to purchase a wide variety of feminine products? Just saying! Thanks for your comments!

Cat-I think absolutely the bladder and prostate issues need to be ruled out! The cystoscopy should be listed on the Geneva Convention as a cruel and unusual form of torture! Thanks for your comments!
Couch Tornado-I don't believe in abortion personally, but I also think it needs to remain legal and safe, because the alternative is too terrible to think about! Your comments are so true and very much appreciated! Thanks!
I can't be more amazed of all the hate (even if you pretend they are jokes, which I don't believe they are) expressed here by you, liberal women. I am not surprised that all these "propositions" are offered by Democrats - they are the ugliest. And don't give me that "look what Republicans are proposing", because the only thing they're proposing is - pay for your contraceptions and you can afford it. I don't care what any Republican or Democrats believes in. What church they go to. I don't care what they use or don't use. I am an Independent and the only thing I care for is: get out of my life! If I need contraceptives, I'll go and buy them. 10 BUCKS for pleasure without responsibilities - what better deal is there?! You're fighting war that started by politicians and the president to bring attention to this stupid issue instead of what's going on in this country: prices for gas, for food, unemployment, debt, etc... Do you really believe that politician and especially the president really care for you and your needs? they don't give a damn about you, your pleasures, your contraceptives, and anything else. They trick you and you grabed the bone they threw at you and started all these nonsense. All these emotions... All these ugliness...Everything for 10 bucks!
ingaz-This is about people's insurance that they already pay for covering something that should have been covered already. I don't know what planet you live on, but here on earth $10 doesn't even buy generic birth control pills, even for a medical reason. Yes, it is still an issue, and shouldn't be. I also blog about the other issues that we have been getting so royally screwed over on over the years. So thanks for your comments.
I think Rick Santorum really ought to see his proctologist at once; thinking of all the ways he can restrict women's liberty while whining that his own has been "infringed" must have made his latest erection last at least four MONTHS.

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I think Rick Santorum really ought to see his proctologist at once; thinking of all the ways he can restrict women's liberty while whining that his own has been "infringed" must have made his latest erection last at least four MONTHS.

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Although I completely agree with the... err... thrust of this proposed legislation, I think it will fall short since sticking things up people's ass is, on the surface of it, silly-sounding enough to be dismissed without damaging the dismisser. Also I think its important to keep in mind what the aim of viagra is for and the hypocrisy of those supporting it while being against contraception. With that in mind the legislation I would propose would be that given its understood in conservative circles that sex is only for married couples (missionary style only, if you please) viagra could only be prescribed to married men AND (this is the key part) it requires notification and approval of the wife. And they must come in easy to track dispensing cases like birth control so its easy to tell when one has been taken.

I think if you couched in conservative terms (only martial sex is good) you'd have a much better chance of passing this legislation and of course you'd probably take all the fun out of taking viagra for all those sanctimonious hypocrites whom I'm sure had no intention of involving their wives with their "treatment".
Shiral-the very thought has made me cringe! He is such a deplorable windbag, that I think several visits to the proctologist are warranted, and with no lubricant! Thanks for your comments!
FilthyHarry-I have a feeling the sales of Viagra would go down significantly if the marriage clause were there! I just think that the absurdity of these laws and the idea that women are not capable of making their own decisions is what stuns so many of us! Thank you for your comments!
It's only fair! Good job!
Cathy-Thanks for your comments!
Rita-I think it is only fair! Thanks so much for commenting!
Jane - First of all, a lot of what you post is not unreasonable.
A psych test to determine ED. While that would be the wrong test and not best evidence. The correct test is nocturnal testing.
As for warning about taking drugs, why not.
As for a prostate exam. Also probably appropriate. And I can in no way speak for a woman issue, but a prostate exam is no big deal. If it is than it was probably a good thing to do.

Second, all the man stuff you mention is about sexual function, not sexual activity. The pill does nothing for your sexual function.

I would like to jump off the sofa and land head first and be protected from breaking my neck. Is that neck brace a medical treatment?
James - "the prostate is kind of on the outside"?
Talk to guys with chronic prostatitis or prostate cancer.
Joseph-I believe the intent was to draw attention to how invasive all of the laws about the female reproductive tract are-not just abortion laws-I am talking even for birth control pills and other contraceptive devices. And actually, the pill can help with sexual function-in a way. It regulates a woman's cycle-and limits bleeding. So if the woman was someone who was bleeding for days on end or was very irregular, do you think she would be feeling very much like having a booty call? Doubtful!

As a nurse, I think all men should get their 'boys' checked regularly by their physician-for testicular cancer, and after age 45, a prostate exam is a must-usually anually, or at least every other year. The new criteria states that the PSA blood test is really not a good indicator for prostate cancer, so the best method is the old drop the drawers and cough method. It is quick, and nothing like what women go through for their Pap smears! And having worked in geriatrics for a few years, I have seen first hand how much urinary discomfort men have from chronic prostatitis and prostate cancer. Thanks so much for your comments!
The Larry Craig wing of the party thinks this is just fine.
Abrawang-yes, and the bigger, the better-perhaps? Thanks for your comments!
Considering Porn viewing is statistically the highest in Christian areas, all Christian men should be hauled into Court or at least Church for spilling all those little babies on their keyboards and remotes.

These are serious crimes involving the "HAND" of God! I mean, after all, God made Man in his image, with woman as an afterthought, so, the hand that "finds milk and honey" is God's hand and so the ACT is blasphemy and should be punished in this life, harshly, and in the next, with hellfire and damnation!!!
Jane - realize the laws regarding are sarcastic. So was my post.
I have no desire to subject women to unnecessary tests to get BC. I just don't want to pay for it.

I heaer a lot about men getting Viagra. The only people I am aware of with insurance paying for it is the GM union.
Maybe other unions and public sector workers get it, but I do not know anyone in the private sector that has coverage for it.

My insurance has paid a small fortune for me the is past year for more surgery, tests and meds than I can list and I am not close to done. They have never questioned or denied any of
it. Not for 30 years. So I consider it good insurance.
But no Viagra. Also an extra $400 out of my pocket for a toric IOL after cataract removal because it is not medically necessary to fix my astigmatism when there is the perfect opportunity to do so.

You can have sex without BC. Guys with ED cannot. Yet no Viagra. I could interpret our "men" congressman as thinking a guy with ED should not get treatment because it might make him a slut as well.
Harry - Serious question? Is the easy dispense case really some kind of insult to women. I wish all my mes came that way. I cannot count the times morning and night that I take a med (or at least I think I did ) and then 10 minutes I can't remember.
The Republicans have been spewing crazy talk for a while now, and the Democrats are being quiet as mice. Instead of acting like Republicans and making up crazy legislation for men, Turner should work on a law that declares any woman who opposes birth control insane.

I can understand some old religious crazy men would want to take us back to the stone age and negate decades of great achievements in women's liberation. What I cannot understand is women--women for god sake--on TV talking against birth control. I think all self-respecting women should organize and fight back these lunatics...harshly. Good post. R
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Oahusurfer-it is kind of ironic that those who protest the 'family values' most are usually the freakiest-think whips, Little Bo Beep costumes, etc.! I am always a little suspicious when someone wants to foist their morality on the rest of the world. Thank you for your comments!

Joseph-no one is asking for you to pay for someone else's BC. Women pay their premiums and are entitled to have this medication covered, just like any other drug. 40% of the time hormonal birth control pills are used for non-contraceptive purposes-i.e. a medical reason. That would be like denying someone's hypertension or cholesterol meds. And Joseph, I have several serious, chronic medical conditions. My copays are crazy, and having worked for an insurance company in the past, I sense your frustration in dealing with it all. I am a firm believer that while the Health care law is lacking, it is a good start to help address the uninsured, those of us with chronic health problems who would have a hard time getting coverage, and trying to reign in costs. Oh, I have to lay my meds out and count and recount, just to make sure I have them all! Thanks for stopping back!

Thoth-There are many women who shot back at Sandra Fluke and defended Rush Limbaugh-many on Fox, of course. What a horrible group of people. They couldn't even get the story right, and they stuck up for that pill-popping, cigar-sucking man whose only interactions with women involve money exchanging hands(that we really do not want to know where those hands have been-no place nice or wholesome-that's foe sure!). I do wish that the Democrats would fight back more. This is such a reprehensible group of knuckle draggers! Thanks for your comments!

Algis-Thanks for your comments and wonderful graphics!
What's good for the goose is good for the gander... I love this stuff... political theater of the absurd waiting to get shot down in court.
jmac1949-we can only hope with the Supreme Court that we are stuck with, though! Thanks for your comments!
Well written but, most conservatives do not want insurance paying for Viagra or contraception. It would be wonderful if there where just a base insurance plan that would cover the basics,catastrophic events and basic wellness. We might actually have small business's and individuals going it alone. Instead we have these programs that support big business as it defeats competition from below and leaves us all with less innovation,jobs and freedom. Big government is loved by big business-aka GE (former employee)
Jay-It is sad that a part of healthcare got caught up in the 'culture wars'! I think my anger was directed at that for years, insurance companies denied coverage for birth control pills-even when used for medical reasons, and when Viagra came along, 60% of plans that offered prescription coverage allowed it. Unfortunately, some of the basic plans leave many people on the hook for huge amounts of money in the event of catastrophic illness-which they somehow find a way not to cover. The health care law is phasing those plans out, thankfully-meaning that no longer will patients with catastrophic illness be set adrift and hope that Medicaid can cover sometimes hundreds of thousands in medical bills. Thanks for your comments!
Jane,

"and having worked for an insurance company in the past,..."

Since you have worked for the insurance companies they you should know that there are lots of medications that are not covered, or are in a different formulary so the co-pay is higher if covered at all. Then since you have a few medical conditions I'm sure you have read all the conditions and treatments that are written in the exclusion pages.

So what makes this any different than the drugs that they would let me have? Some of them I couldn't afford and had to figure out how to pay for because of the exclusion.
"Another bill by Virginia state Senator Janet Howell, Democrat, would require men to have a rectal exam, with possible anal probe, before obtaining any ED drugs. I guess there are some really pissed off women-me included! "
Jane Brogan

You take a silly non-issue since no one is seeking to deny woman contraceptives, add to it the outrageous demand of a 31 year old Protestant woman, protesting that a Catholic University was not providing insurance coverage for her birth control pills, and it was affecting her social life. You can't make this up, folks.

Now the liberal female intelligentsia, seeing no traction to this idiocy in the minds of the public, and seeing Barack Obama falling in the polls with respect to women favorable perception of him, absolute panic is setting in, it would seem to me.

Case in point, Virginia sSate Senator Janet Howell, Democrat, has proposed legislation requiring men to obtain a "rectal exam" prior to be approved for Viagara.
Immediately, two things come to mind; it seems this woman does not know from what male orifice sperm is ejaculated, and that there are men in New York City that will pay big bucks to have their rectum probed?
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Jane, I live in real world, here in the USA, but where are you coming from? Let me introduce you to the quote from the medical website:
"First-year cost is highest for the pill-$172, compared with $160 for the diaphragm and $131 for the IUD." These quotes are for A YEAR expanse! Therefore, monthly it won't cost more then $20. And these ones are the more expansive contraceptives. (BTW, my calcium that I need to take is not covered and cost me monthly much more then $20) I don't know where do you take your information about insurances that do not pay for contraceptives for a medical reason - it's just another lie. You are constantly lying, calling people names, ugly names - that's the only thing you're doing well. You have no shame - probably forgot what this feeling is all about a long time ago - probably the same time when you bought your last contraceptive!
I thought this was the area for comments. Not a silly food fight. The last two comment posters dont like this essay and want to call you names, imply you are stupid and rant. Well, if Joe and ingaz can not see the logic and the playfulness of these legislative initiatives, apparently their ability to live in a diverse society is stretched thin. We should take up a collection and let them relocate to some place less stressful, less provoking of the hateful responses they posted. I am thinking of counties intolerant due to religious interference in what should be secular matters. I ruled out Iran or Saudi Arabia as I am guessing, albeit without knowing, that neither is Shi'a or Sunni. Anyone able to quickly identify some bible-wacking nation state with, say, a Puritan government or at least something Whig-ish ?

This entire, sad episode demonstrates the wisdom of separating religion and politics to the maximum extent. Also shows that we need a robust and demanding right to privacy. The point, Gang of Two, is that in the Republican Presidential monologues, they want to repeal the Ninth Amendment, get rid of those pesky, irksome privacy rights and use all government and eager employers, to get into our sexual behaviors and practices. What pornographers.
I thought this was the area for comments. Not a silly food fight. The last two comment posters dont like this essay and want to call you names, imply you are stupid and rant. Well, if Joe and ingaz can not see the logic and the playfulness of these legislative initiatives, apparently their ability to live in a diverse society is stretched thin. We should take up a collection and let them relocate to some place less stressful, less provoking of the hateful responses they posted. I am thinking of counties intolerant due to religious interference in what should be secular matters. I ruled out Iran or Saudi Arabia as I am guessing, albeit without knowing, that neither is Shi'a or Sunni. Anyone able to quickly identify some bible-wacking nation state with, say, a Puritan government or at least something Whig-ish ?

This entire, sad episode demonstrates the wisdom of separating religion and politics to the maximum extent. Also shows that we need a robust and demanding right to privacy. The point, Gang of Two, is that in the Republican Presidential monologues, they want to repeal the Ninth Amendment, get rid of those pesky, irksome privacy rights and use all government and eager employers, to get into our sexual behaviors and practices. What pornographers.
Catnlion-for years, birth control pills were never on the formulary, even for medical reasons. Only in the last 10 years have some states required coverage in some cases. The attitude by insurance companies has been-that women will just shut up about it, out of embarassment, discomfort, etc. Isn't that what you think they should do, too? My point is, for years, there has been a gender bias used to deny 1/2 the population prescription coverage-if they had it-for any birth control pills-regardless of the reason for use-I WILL REPEAT MYSELF HERE-40-% OF THE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL PILLS ARE FOR MEDICAL REASONS-POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME, EXCESSIVE MENSTRUAL BLEEDING(THINK-YOU CANNOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE FOR 12 DAYS), REGULATION OF EXTREMELY IRREGULAR PERIODS-SUCH AS PERIODS THAT LAST FOR 6 MONTHS). Those are medical reasons-many not covered because the medication in question happens to be birth control. So, for parity, that would be like someone going to get a prescription that they normally use and that is now supposed to be covered. It is for cholesterol-lowering medication. Well, according to some regulations that some states are trying to pass, an employer can now not pay for medication he has a moral objection to. Your employer doesn't believe in eating red meat, and thinks that increased cholesterol is from that-so he deems the need for that medication YOUR lifestyle choice. Even though many people can have high cholesterol for genetic reasons. So you have now been denied a medication-even though you contribute to your insurance-and made to feel like an irresponsible child.

Joe-Do you ever leave the right wing echo chamber? Have you never heard of subtlety, nuance, snarkiness? You listened to Rush-and he couldn't even get the facts correct. The reason for the anger is, the MEDICATION was denied. It wasn't even being used for contraception. And if it was, it should still be covered. The person in question pays for her insurance. The idiocy in the minds of the public unfortunately is there because of the misinformation planted there by the questionable news sources quoted as gospel by the Fox 'news' puppets. There is no such thing as fact-checking-it is all lies, smears, and scorch the earth to meet the warped morals of Rupert Murdoch! Thank you for your comments.
RazzleDazzle-It is so scary, what is passing for viable Republican candidates-and what these cuckoo lawmakers are trying to shove up our hoohaas-literally and figuratively! Thanks for your comments!
ingaz- "You are constantly lying, calling people names, ugly names - that's the only thing you're doing well. You have no shame - probably forgot what this feeling is all about a long time ago - probably the same time when you bought your last contraceptive!"

Is this your idea of comments What lies were I telling? I did not call anyone names, but you called me a liar. And what does me buying contraceptives have to do with anything? I had to purchase them for a family member-with a medical condition-and they were denied by the insurance company, which is a common practice. The prices you quote are probably from an online pharmacy-which I would like to explain-IUD's must be implanted by a gynecologist-and usually ordered by them-you can't just order one off of Amazon.com. There are specific sizes and same with diaphragms. There are many types of birth control pills-name brand and generic, and these costs can vary from state to state. So, as an RN, I would advise anyone to be extremely cautious when ordering any online medication. Many comes from China-and can be counterfeit. There was just a huge recall of legal, generic birth control pills(which their per month cost at Costco is $22.50). So costs are not just what one sees in an internet search-the buyer must always beware. And I am very well aware of over-the-counter medication not covered by insurance. A lot of us have to deal with that issue. So if you want to have a real discussion, quit with your insults and understand when something is written out of a 'gallow's' type of humor.

Michael-thank you so much for your very kind words. I am glad you got my sometimes twisted sense of humor! I agree about the need for an island that exists for all those who want their religion followed, no government interference-except in the bedroom of course, and where all of their fellow citizens look and think exactly as they do-maybe somewhere isolated in the Deep South? Thank you for your comments!
Jane - "Women pay their premiums and are entitled to have this medication covered, just like any other drug. "

This is exactly the entitlement attitude. You are entitled to nothing that is not in your insurers contract as you know.
Many drugs are not covered.
There is no one I know in the private sector that has coverage for Viagra or Propecia. The real use for Propecia just like the pill has a real medical use. Enlarged prostate. It goes by another name. It is covered for BPH not hair growth.

My insurer just changed mail order pharmacy from A to B.
Almost all my meds had to be changed in some way.
An IM med was covered (not insulin) but the syringe that used to be covered was not anymore. Pretty stupid but am I entitle to the syringe? Yes I am entitled to pay for it with an Rx from the doc.
Jane,

I have not been denied a medication. My doctor wanted me to take it and I took it and got it filled. The insurance company may or may not pay for it but I have not been denied a medication.

When I go and get an insurance plan for my employees I know how much I can spend. I decide what I want to buy and offer to you, if anything. You can take it or leave it. I'm not forcing you to be on my plan. Key word here is MY plan. You have every right to use my plan, go and buy one on the free market, use your spouse's plan, go get another job, or just go without. You can do whatever your heart tells you is the right thing for you and your family. What you can not do is tell me how to run my business.

The reasons that I use to decide to buy this plan and not that plan I may tell you. I don't have to, are not entitled to that information. The reason may well be religious. It may be just because I'm a cheap bastard or I'm still not out of the woods that the business will survive. All you are entitled to is this is the plan, do you want it?

So don't say you have been denied something just because you don't like the way I run my business. It's my business. The doctor gave you a prescription now go fill it.
Jane - I never listen to Rush Limbaugh. Nor do I visit any other political website than this one. I would not know the name of a conservative site. I have no interest. And I mirror no one. I think for myself.

Yes there are medical reasons for the pill but not all things are covered. The other poster mentioned calcium. Well I have a reasonable need for it. Without it I wake up every norning with sever charlie horse in the claves. It can last for 15 minutes or so while I try the toes to the knee trick. It is sever enough to levee my calf feeling bruised for several days or a week. There is no way I am going to put up with it when the simple solution is calcium. Since it is OTC I have to pay myself. It it were Rx only then maybe it would be paid for and maybe not. How canI prove the charlie horse? I guess I could fake BPH symptoms to get Proscar (Propecia).
Just because it is a medical condition does not mean it HAS to be paid for. Lack of simple vitamins can cause severe llness.

I take a ton of supplements that are supposed to be good for me. Omega oil for one. To keep the cholesterol down. Well guess what Lovaza is? Rx omega oil. So if I buy it OTC and eat right and have no problem I have to pay. If I don't take it and eat bad, I will test with high cholesterol and get an Rx paid for.
Brilliant, isn't it?
Michael - Religion? I guess so, because I define religion as anything you believe in passionately. My "religion" is fiscal responsibility and personal responsibility. As a job creator, catnlion puts it perfectly. Take it or leave it.
As a life time employee that never created a job, I am happy with what coverage I get and have never complained that I paid for my own PRK many years ago. And that I now need cataract surgery and a toric lens replacement is not covered.
So I have a choice. Pay an extra $400 or keep the astigmatism correction in the glasses, and I have no glasses coverage either. Well that just pisses me off. Not.
I think about the fact that the cataract surgery, otherwise only cost $175 our of pocket to pay for everything. Surgeon, clinic, lens etc.
And I also paid an extra $350/eye for a new technique where the measurements for determining the proper lens is done, not in the office, but in the middle of the surgery. It is more accurate and needed for my screwed up eyes. . The doc told me directly. Take it or leave it.
I took it. So 2 normal eyes would have been $175 twice. But I have to pay $175 + $350 for one. And $175 + $350 + $450 for the other to get best care. And eyes are pretty damn important.

All I have to do is look at what my employer did pay out year after year for me. A small fortune. I wish my only need was something equivalent to the pill. I damn well would not complain if that is all I had to pay for.
Joseph-My comment about Rush was directed at the comments posted by a Joe, not you! As for what is covered and not covered, my point was, for years birth control pills were just not even on the formularies-never, ever. I am also very well aware of the many tricks used to exclude many medications, and the ability to administer medications used by the insurance companies. Many times, a fight for reimbursement can work-but it takes patience and nerves of steel-I know because I have had to do it. I also do not want to see small business owners bankrupted by healthcare costs. But when a multi-billion dollar company such as Walmart routinely games the system with these tricks, that is when the government needs to step in to mandate certain things be covered. It is like diabetes testing supplies-up until about 15 years ago, many people were on their own to cover these supplies. It is stupid and short-sighted-Keeping glucose under control keeps medical bills down in the long run and is better for the overall health(keeps them out of the ER and from costly hospital stays) of the diabetic. So sometimes things have to be taken out of the hands of those who have no medical knowledge and only look and the quarterly bottom line-not what a cost might be for a whole year or two.

Catnlion-you can say all you want about you do not need to offer reasons, but when many businesses are recording record profits, and cutting benefits, sometimes mandayes are needed. You are entitled to your opinion, as I am mine!
This made me howl with laughter. This brings penis envy to a whole nutha level. ;)
Belinda-I have been saying for years, there is no longer penis envy-just uterine envy. Wanting to get in womens' pants in a totally invasive, creepy way! Thanks for your comments!
Does someone have some medical photos of the complications they should view? Not only should they have proof of marriage, but the wife should sign something saying she is aware of the request for the prescription.
Liberal Southern Democrat-I agree with needing the wife's permission, but I also think demand will go down significantly. Some very graphic photos might cause a man to think, ahem, hard before using these drugs! Sorry my comments were couched in words that may have been used the pamphlet for those drugs-down, hard-very unintentional! Thank you for your comments!
As several of the other commenters have hinted, I suspect some of these male legislators secretly crave the anal probe.
Cranky-I suspect you may be on to something! Thanks for commenting!
JerseyGirl-I just think that since these lawmakers are so interested in poking and probing, maybe they should get some, eh, 'loving attention' to their nether regions, too! Thanks for your comments!
Maybe this is the end of mens Probation?
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"a whole new criminal underclass of menstruating women"

'Tis true, if you know the women I've dated.
Thanks for this piece. Well done. And I rather agree with Cranky Cuss (I often do).

And thank you for the comments on my cross-cultural love piece. I hope your cousin stays very happy.
icyhighs-I am laughing at your comment! Thanks for stopping by!

Mary-thank you for your kind comments! I think CrankyCuss always has a lot of sage snippets to impart!
This whole kerfuffle over contraception is truly laughable - and I'm happy to hear how others are pointing out the absurdity by drafting counter legislation. Thank you for this great article!
"In Oklahoma, state legislator Constance Johnson, a Democrat, has introduced an amendment to the state's "personhood" bill that states that "any action in which a man may ejaculate or otherwise deposit semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child."

I had a college professor who suggested something similar. and he was male. with a sense of humor.

I'm glad at least there are a few laughs to be had on these issues. I'm afraid that the Santorum Period Posse might be taken seriously, though, by Santorum, were he to assume, ahem, office.

thanks for posting this.
Mr. Culture-thanks for your kind remarks!

doloresflores_d-it would be pretty scary to think of Santorum having any office-it was bad enough when he was the Senator from my state! Thanks for your kind comments!