Let them eat cake and die
by Jesse Loren
People should be responsible for their own actions. If they have sex, they should have babies and viruses. Nobody should have to pay for their choices. Also, if they want to sex it up, insurance shouldn’t have to pay for their birth control. Why make other people’s premiums go up?
The far right opines about personal responsibility and punitive consequences for actions, especially if those actions involve a uterus. The far right might say they are for personal responsibility, but if they were, they would be inclusive of all medical conditions that are the result of choices.
What if the far right fumed for personal responsibility of other organs? Logically, if you smoke, you should get cancer and emphysema. Nobody should have to pay for your choices. You bought it, you lit it, and you sucked it all day long. Insurance shouldn’t have to pay for your oxygen, medications or painkillers.
Why should insurance intervene and make non-smoker’s premiums go up? If you smoke and you get sick, you should die without making everyone else become involved in your bad choices. For everyone who has already died of emphysema, you got what was coming to you. Cancer? You asked for it. Suck it up.
Let’s say you’re fat; it’s your own darn fault. Nobody put the bacon laden chocolate donut in your pie hole but you. All those fried Oreos, cheeseburgers, super-sized funnel cakes, double-chicken patty deep fried elephant vaginas or what have you… It’s your fault. You ate it, nobody should have to pay for your choices.
If you have Type 2 diabetes or congestive heart failure, arthritis, gout, bloaty gas, high blood pressure and gallstones, nobody should have to pay for it. This is a free country! All of those states in the deep south with Paula Dean diets, and all of you with Schlitz goiters and more wattle than the entire state of California, why should insurance pay for your medications? You should get the punitive consequences for your actions and no medical benefit, because remember, “Right America” wants punitive consequences, not medical intervention, not proper medical care, just penalties.
In this uber-right scenario, AIDS and illness due to non-hetero conduct is also punitive. Forget vaccines for cancer. Forget protection. There is no reason to teach about prevention or safe sex when punishment is the dominant focus. Besides, once blame is assigned, the politics of personal responsibility washes its hands of its own contribution to the suffering.
When the far right goes after women’s healthcare, reproduction and abortion under the guise of personal responsibility, it should be seen for its single focus.
It’s an attack on women.
If the far right was really concerned about the cost of premiums and connecting punitive consequences to actions, it would be pursuing every fat-bottomed, diabetic, inactive, gouty, chain smoking, hypertensive Wal-Mart shopper and cutting off their medical care. They aren’t. They are only going after reproduction. It’s harsh, but this is the tenor of the discussion. It’s time to call them out on it.