A Better Way to Avoid Pregnancy

A Better Way to Avoid Pregnancy

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You know we have entered the silly season when a major national debate gets underway over whether people should be given something for free that they could easily pay for out-of-pocket. Take the decision of the Obama administration to force Catholic universities, hospitals and charities to provide health insurance that includes free contraceptives. The reaction was poignant and hyperbolic, but (what can I say?) completely deserved:

What makes this so amazing is that it is déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra might say. Do you remember the death knell for HillaryCare? I bet you can’t.

Mammograms and Pap smears. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

[Yes, I know. There were many things that helped derail HillaryCare. The biggest mistake was the White House’s failure to throw everything aside and endorse the Senate Republican health plan, which was about as close to HillaryCare as RomneyCare is to ObamaCare. Hillary would have ended up with about 90% of everything she wanted. More about that, perhaps, in a future Alert.]


But what really killed the whole thing in the public’s mind were mammograms and Pap smears. Fifteen years ago the “experts” didn’t agree on how frequently women should have them any more than they agree today. I’m sure that when various women asked various doctors they got various answers. And, by the way, there is nothing wrong with that. Whenever there is risk and uncertainty, opinions will differ. That’s not the end of the world.

What was the end of HillaryCare, however, was the notion that the White House should decide these questions for every woman in America! When you stop to think about it, that takes a certain amount of chutzpah. It also reflects a degree of meddlesomeness that’s really hard for me to understand. But in both the Clinton White House and in the Obama White House there were folks who just could not abide the idea of your having a health plan different from the one they think you should have — down to the tiniest detail!

For Hillary and her advisers it came down to this: They decided that sexually active women should have a cervical cancer test every three years, instead of every two. For women in their fifties, they called for a mammogram every other year, instead of every year. And these decisions, unfortunately for Clinton, were different from what most doctors were recommending.

[The technical folks, by the way had fun with all of this. Cost-effectiveness numbers at the time suggested that Hillary’s cut-off number was about $100,000 for each year of life saved. If the projection comes in below that number, do the test. Above that number avoid it. Interested readers may consult my discussion of this issue here. I don’t think this facet of the problem ever got on anyone’s radar screen outside of the number crunching community; however, and I doubt that Hillary was even aware of it.]

Now the right way to think about all this is very simple. How much does a mammogram cost? $100? If you want one, take the money out of your Health Savings Account and go buy it. How often should you do that? Probably as often as it gives you peace of mind. Is not having the test keeping you awake at night? Then spend $100 and get the test. The same principle applies to contraceptives. You want them? Go buy them.

And what about the tiny, tiny, tiny portion of the population that really can’t afford these services? Go to a community health center or to Planned Parenthood and ask for them for free! This isn’t rocket science.

It is truly amazing how much consternation is caused for no other reason than the desire on the part of some people to tell everybody else how to live their lives.

John C. Goodman, PhD, is president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis. He is also the Kellye Wright Fellow in health care. His Health Policy Blog is considered among the top conservative health care blogs where health care problems are discussed by top health policy experts from all sides of the political spectrum.

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Nate Ogden
Feb 12, 2012

“As well how do you accuse the “media” of not reporting Democratic wrongs and only Republican wrongs”

Go back to school and learn to read Peter.

“You see this all the time when the media fails to report someone that did something wrong was a democrat but when a republican does the same thing party affiliation is in the headline. “

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Peter1
Feb 12, 2012

But that’s just you talking Nate. Show me examples of this as a wide spread effort. Even better show me hidden crimes of Democrats that the “media” won’t report.

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Peter1
Feb 12, 2012

Well I Goggled Fox News reporting on priest sex abuse and school sex abuse, not much difference between the two in numbers of pages – and Fox is on your side.

As for the publishing of the story about the government report on educational sex abuse I don’t know how many times you can run the same story on the same report to equal what the Catholic Register considers fairness when reporting about multiple priest/church abuse stories. Certainly these things are reported as they happen in schools – and it was the LA Times that reveled their front page investigation in 2009.

As well how do you accuse the “media” of not reporting Democratic wrongs and only Republican wrongs – if they’re not reported. Do you have secret a knowledge file that the press is suppressing? Certainly Fox News would be all over this. As for Republicans, especially the holy crusade kind, I think it’s fair game as they and the story would be more news worthy because they are always standing up for “family values”. Usually those who throw stones in glass houses are more newsy, and that would apply to Democrats as well.

So, is Fox News and the rest of Rupert Mudock’s media biased? Is Rush Limbaugh biased? 700 Club?, Wall Street Journal, and all the other right wing news media? I think your point of view has lots of soap boxes.

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Nate Ogden
Feb 12, 2012

No Peter I blast them for bias, there is a huge difference. They might have some argument or reason they don’t run sex abuse stories, there is no excuse for the disparity in reporting. You see this all the time when the media fails to report someone that did something wrong was a democrat but when a republican does the same thing party affiliation is in the headline.

My problem is not the “media” supposed journalist, self proclaimed report one thing or another, its when they report as a weapon or agent of propoganda.

Reread this figure;

Tom Hoopes, then National Catholic Register executive editor, observed: “during the first half of 2002, the 61 largest newspapers in California ran nearly 2,000 stories about sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, mostly concerning past allegations. During the same period, those newspapers ran four stories about the federal government’s discovery of the much larger — and ongoing — abuse scandal in public schools.”[159]

This is clear cut bias, this is people advancing a political agenda pretending to be news. The effectivness of this displays in the ignorance the majority of liberals have about the facts, i.e. sexual abuse in our schools is a far bigger problem then in churchs.

If liberals projected a fraction of the hate and vitiral at our schools as they do the church far more kids would be saved from this nightmare.

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Peter1
Feb 12, 2012

I certainly won’t defend any school system for ignoring and not taking action on child sex abuse, but leave it to the Catholic Register to claim a conspiracy of news organizations to hide educational sex abuse in schools while running a witch hunt against the Catholic Church. The Church has used some pretty despicable tactics when victims came forward such as blaming the parents and lawyer-ing up, so they’re always looking for scapegoats and deflection issues. That’s been one of the complaints by victims, the Church has not reached out to them.

I do think that institutions ( or parts of them) can and do tend to hide their own wrong doing, Penn State is a recent example, but I can’t say if or why the LA Times or other news media has attempted to cover this up, I do know that given the “right’s” hate for teachers and teacher unions it’s own witch hunt propaganda will be full throttle.

The LA Times is not the only news organization and for sure everyone is jumping on the band wagon now to hopefully sort this out. Where was FOX
news before the LA Times supposedly “caught up” with what was going on, is Fox one of your hated “media”?

You lambast the LA Times and the “media” for covering this up but then quote the LA Times from 2009;

“An explosive, front-page investigation on Sunday (5/10/09) in the Los Angeles Times reported that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)”

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Nate Ogden
Feb 11, 2012

In all of 2010, there were eight credible accusations against Catholic clergy for contemporaneous abuse of a minor. In 2009, the number was six.

Tom Hoopes, then National Catholic Register executive editor, observed: “during the first half of 2002, the 61 largest newspapers in California ran nearly 2,000 stories about sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, mostly concerning past allegations. During the same period, those newspapers ran four stories about the federal government’s discovery of the much larger — and ongoing — abuse scandal in public schools.”[159]

n US schools, according to the United States Department of Education,[156] “nearly 9.6% of students are targets of educator sexual misconduct sometime during their school career.” In studies of student sex abuse by male and female educators, male students were reported as targets in ranges from 23% to 44%.[156] In U.S. school settings same-sex (female and male) sexual misconduct against students by educators “ranges from 18–28% of reported cases, depending on the study”[157]

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Nate Ogden
Feb 11, 2012

As mentioned here this is why I have such disdain for the media and liberals

For several years, we have reported on the disparate coverage by the Times and other mainstream outlets when reporting the awful crime of child abuse. While the Times and others seem to trumpet each-and-every decades-old allegation against a Catholic priest, they have either downplayed or ignored current-day scandals in our nation’s schools. As we’ve written before, “When it comes to the abuse of children, it sure seems like the national media doesn’t get too worked up unless the words ‘Cardinal,’ ‘bishop,’ or ‘priest’ is in someone’s job title.” (For a catalog of this disparity, see “Los Angeles Times: Clergy Abuse and School Abuse” at TheMediaReport.com.)

A couple questions remain, however:

Will the Times follow up on this report and continue to uncover other egregious cases? Remember how the Boston Globe handles the Catholic Church abuse scandal in 2002: It wasn’t just one article. The Globe alone ran a mind-blowing 989 articles related to the scandal in the 2002 calendar year alone! (Yes – that’s an average of almost three a day! See for yourself.) On McIntyre’s show this morning (5/11/09, 9 am hour), Song told the audience that, “Since the Rooney incident, the number of teachers ‘housed’ – that’s the term they use for being placed on administrative leave while charges against the employee are being investigated – has almost tripled in number.”

As the rest of the national media tracked the Church scandals in Boston several years ago and expanded on it, will mainstream outlets give this outrageous scandal the wide attention it deserves?
Stay tuned.

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Nate Ogden
Feb 11, 2012

An explosive, front-page investigation on Sunday (5/10/09) in the Los Angeles Times reported that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) “repeatedly” returned teachers and aides credibly accused of child molestation back to classrooms, and these individuals then molested children again. The jaw-dropping story, by Times staffer Jason Song, is incredibly angering, and the tales of abuse are stomach-turning. (An accompanying audio slideshow at the Times web site is quite sad and maddening.)

In the last several years, media outlets have endlessly ripped and tarred the Catholic Church for mishandling episodes from decades ago. Meanwhile, these episodes in LAUSD date back are all quite recent. One documented case dates back to just last year! From Song’s story:

The first complaint against [Ricardo] Guevara came in 1995 … Guevara, who denied the allegation, was never charged with a crime. He was cleared to return to work at the same school … Several years later, he was hired full time at the Miramonte Early Education Center … District administrators knew of the 1995 accusation, but no one informed school leaders … In 2002, a 6-year-old accused “Mr. Ricardo” of repeatedly touching her groin during class one day … But with no witnesses besides the child, who over time mixed up details of what had occurred, prosecutors declined to pursue the case. Guevara returned to Miramonte to work with children.
In 2002, a student reported that Michael McMurray, a fourth-grade teacher at Plainview Avenue Elementary School in Tujunga, had on several occasions forced a girl to sit on his lap and pose for a camera … Two years later, during class, McMurray wrote a note to a fourth-grader on a Post-it, according to police documents. “Are you comfortable with me putting my hand on your knee?” he asked … McMurray, who molested her on at least two occasions, later pleaded no contest to sexual abuse of a child and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Ten other girls stepped forward, complaining that they too had been touched inappropriately by McMurray, but the charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. At least three girls have sued the district.
James Marlo Duffin, a fourth-grade teacher at Middleton Elementary School in Huntington Park, had been investigated in May 2001 for allegedly touching a girl’s buttocks … Duffin returned to the classroom. Almost two years later, while teaching at Gulf Avenue Elementary School in Wilmington, he was accused of touching a girl’s buttocks and molesting two other students … It is not clear whether Duffin’s new principal had been told of the prior allegation.
Even as he was applying to be a trainee at the district in 2001, the aide, Paul Thompson, was under investigation by police for allegedly raping a 10-year-old boy at a group home where he had worked … A district background check failed to pick up on the complaint … Between July 2002 and March 2003, Thompson repeatedly forced the boy to perform sexual acts, according to amended criminal charges in 2005 alleging eight counts of lewd acts with a child. After a jury acquitted Thompson on five counts and could not agree on the other three, a mistrial was declared. In a second trial that ended in November 2005, the jury acquitted him of all remaining charges. Within a week, Thompson was reassigned to Blythe Street Elementary School in Reseda to be a special education aide to a female second-grader, according to his later testimony. It is unclear whether his new principal was told of the prior allegations.
[In 2007], before he was transferred to Markham Middle School as assistant principal, [Steve] Rooney had been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He allegedly brandished a handgun at the stepfather of a student who attended Foshay Learning Center … Police told senior district officials that they had found evidence in Rooney’s home of a possible sexual relationship between Rooney and the student, police later told The Times. But the student, 17, did not cooperate with the LAPD investigation, police said. No charges were filed. Without conducting their own investigation, L.A. Unified officials reassigned Rooney to Markham after a few months. In 2008, Rooney was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year old female student from Markham at his home. Since then, he has been charged with various sexual crimes involving four girls, two former students at Foshay and two at Markham.

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Nate Ogden
Feb 11, 2012

Isn’t this exactly what you “claim” your problem with the church is?

A major child sex abuse scandal has erupted in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Where’s the national media?

Steve Thomas Rooney faces 13 felony sex-related counts, including charges that he had unlawful sex with two female students, ages 13 and 14, during the time he was an assistant principal at a middle school. And here’s the kicker: In August 2007 LAUSD assigned Rooney to his job even though it knew that police had investigated him about an alleged sexual relationship with a student at his previous job at a high school. The former high school girl has since testified that Rooney impregnated her.

Don’t have them arrested, reassign them, cover up. Schools do this far more often then the church did, yet you and the media turn a blind eye. Why are you ok with the schools abusing kids but want the church shut down?

I think all sexual abuse is bad and all abusers should be arrested. Your only interested when its commited by the church or conservatives.

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Nate Ogden
Feb 11, 2012

Timothy your story yesterday was right on and John and Ken you should be proud. But, you need the rest of the ugly story the district and the administration of South Gate Police Department is trying to keep secret. I am a police officer with LAUSD. LAUSD Officer Barajas was just transfered (when Angulo returned to work) far away from Southeast high school to keep him quiet and as punishment for standing up and doing the right thing. He is a hero and should be vindicated. This is what really happened at Southeast HS that you dont know about.

In February of this year the girl who was molested by the teacher in 2007 came directly to Officer Barajas and told him that in 2007 when she reported her rape Angulo and Sotomeyer beat her down in an interogation for three hours and intimidated her into changing her story when she was really in fact molested. She told Officer Barajas that she wanted something done but they refused. Knowing Angulo would try and cover it up like they did last year he did the right thing and reported this conversation not to Angulo but first directly to South Gate Police Department. The detective handling the case for SGPD interviewed the girl and knew immediately this should have been reported in 2007 and filed a criminal case not just with the local court but with the DA’s public integrity unit. That is how Mr Demurgen got involved and indicted the teacher as well as Angulo and Sotomeyer.

Now the cover up and the real reason Angulo is back to work. Members of the administration of the South Gate Police Department (Chief and Captains) are very, very close personal friends with Angulo. Fortunately for the kids at SEHS these police administrators were not aware that their own hard working detectives and the DA’s office did this investigation and got the indictments for these crimes until it was in the news or there may have been no investigation. Angulo’s friends at the SGPD’s administration after finding out about the indictments immediately wrote a secret letter on City of South Gate Chief of Police letterhead to the LAUSD administration supporting Angulo and attempting to counteract the indictments and stop Angulo’s suspension. It worked and he’s now back at SEHS where he can further protect molesters.

How do police administrators get off supporting a defendant in an active case that has not even gone to trial? I think the public integrity unit should investigate the Chief and Captains at South Gate PD and the involved administrators should be indicted and fired. Some of us think some members of the South Gate police administration may have known about the original molestation in 2007 from Angulo and didnt follow the law and investigate it as required. This may be another reason for them writing the letter and trying to derail this case. Mr. Angulo is now telling staff members who are shocked and dismayed that he is back to work that the police department would never have written this letter if he had done something wrong. These school staff members know better and are dishartened that he is back. What kind of message is this sending to other kids who may be molested and are afraid to report it.

It’s common knowledge that SEHS is refered to by many staff members as molestation high. Mr. Angulo and the SGPD administration should be ashamed of themself.

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Nate Ogden
Feb 11, 2012

You make it so easy Peter;

“The reason the Catholic Church is such a target is because the abuse was institutionalized and with a wide spread cover up. It would be like the LA School District (your example) acting as an institution to hide, move and cover up pedophile teachers.”

You mean you don’t know LA Unified School District is far worse then the catholic church? Compared by number of employees a LAUSD employee is far more likly to sexually abuse a child then a catholic priest or nun.

2008

Los Angeles Unified School District says a total of 21 teachers and administrators have been yanked from schools in the past year because of allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with kids. The District only provided that figure after a week of repeated questions from KNX 1070.

Los Angeles city councilman Bernard Parks is putting forward a motion today calling on the District to disclose all information relating to alleged sex crimes by a former assistant principal at two schools in the South LA area.

The council’s request came on the same day that LAUSD officials said that more than 20 employees have been removed from school in the past year because of inappropriate sexual conduct accusations that involved children. School officials said 25 teachers and employees were removed from schools during the past year.

“This is not out of the ordinary for school districts all over the nation,” said LAUSD Deputy Superintendent Ray Cortines. “These things happen.

45 in two years. Why do you ignore liberal instutions that molest far more kids then the church to attack the church? If you cared at all about kids you would stop worring about the church and focus on the schools. But you don’t care about kids you just want to push your politics, no matter how many kids suffer, typical liberal.

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Peter1
Feb 11, 2012

“I haven’t defended them once, you can’t cut and paste one comment where I said what they did was right, enough, or acceptable.”

No, but you seem to by trying to insinuate I support pedophiles everywhere but the Catholic Church. And you seem to be attempting to disperse the church’s crimes by pointing out other peoples crimes that were not part of the original discussion.

“I have argued your an idiot for some how equating failing to excommunicate to doing nothing.”

No, I did not equate that at all. The excommunication issue came up only when I posted how easily the nun was excommunicated, and no pedophile priests were, even serial child molesters. Removing priests from access to children AND reporting them to the police is the way it should have been handled – not transfer to unsuspecting diocese and more victims. Excommunication would not have been my first thought, neither would exoneration in the confessional. Frankly excommunication would have been too good for them.

“I have also argued your a hipocrit for only caring about the church abuse of children and not the rampant abuse at the hands of liberals in elected positions, education, hollywood, and fashion.”

We were not discussing how those groups were trying to deny women access to birth control. When have I ever defended pedophiles, anywhere? Can YOU cut and paste? There is a difference between what consenting adults do that is immoral (Democrats and Republicans) and what adults do to children (or defenseless women) – which is a crime.

You keep including “liberals” as one big group to hate, a tactic honed by “conservatives”. I’ll use your own words, would that be 50%+1, all, some, many? You take great satisfaction is prefacing your arguments with the word “liberal” as if that word alone makes what comes afterward factual.

“The point being you don’t care if kids are abused you just want to attack the church and conservatives.”

Really! You think I could care less about abused kids outside the Catholic Church – you really are an idiot, and one so filled with hate I bet it keeps you up at night. The reason the Catholic Church is such a target is because the abuse was institutionalized and with a wide spread cover up. It would be like the LA School District (your example) acting as an institution to hide, move and cover up pedophile teachers.

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Nate Ogden
Feb 10, 2012

I suspect some of them might be smoking on the court the way they are playing. It would explain some of the defence

They use to offer free Taco Bell Chaluppas if they scored 100, I thought it was for the fans, it was probably more for the team to motivate them. 17,000 chaluppas would sound like heaven if you have the munchies

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DeterminedMD
Feb 10, 2012

Wonder why Obama doesn’t show an interest in the Pro game? Probably because most players don’t really care nor worship him, they don’t care about him or politics. Too busy smokin’ them doobies when not on the court.

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Nate Ogden
Feb 10, 2012

lol

typing and yelling at the basketball game at same time doesn’t work

dang Bucks just wont lay down and die

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Nate Ogden
Feb 10, 2012

Poll

“Do you support insurers being required to provide free birth control”

“Generic birth control cost $10 per month, do you support requiring insurers to pay $15 per month to provide it thus driving up premiums and the number of uninsured?”

Number two is more factual then number one. Its not free birth control, it increases premiums by the cost plus 10% or 15% plus what ever pharma marks it up since they are not price sensitive any more.

The jump in prices when a drug goes from private pay to insured is huge.

I thought we had an uninsured problem, why are liberals further increasing the cost of insurance?