Thursday, July 10, 2008

McCain asked about Viagara and birth control parity

So, let's see, John McCain is 71 years old and he doesn't have an opinion about whether insurance companies should have to cover birth control the same way they cover Viagara. Surely at 71 years old, McCain has heard of Viagara, even if it was from his friend Bob Dole in one of his Viagar commercials. This video is priceless. I wonder if Joe has an opinion on Viagara/birth control parity.

3 comments:

Zark-Vader said...

I respect a man who admits he hasn't thought out an issue at the time he gets a surprising question, particularly one like this.

There are literally thousands of possible issues and questions for a presidential candidate, some major and some dealing with either minor or very nuanced and particular stuff. This is one - and this is one properly left to legislatures - not to presidential candidates or even the federal government.

My opinion though is that if there is federal regulation on this matter, there be parity. But the best parity here is that no insurance cover EITHER Viagra or birth control (except if there is some medical necessity). These are optional and/or recreational drugs - individuals should pay for them, not the government or pools. Cosmetic surgery should not be a benefit in a public benefit package.

Now its a bit different if you're talking about purely private supplemental insurance - if someone wants to buy luxury insurance that covers luxury drugs or procedures, that's fine, but they'd probably be better off just paying as they go.

MIKE said...

ZARK - BIRTH CONTROL PILLS A LUXURY ITEM?? YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT A WOMAN. BUT THAT IS WHOLE DIFFERANT ARGUMENT. I SAY THAT MCCAIN COULD HAVE HANDLED THAT QUESTION/CHALLENGE A LOT BETTER. WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER - BUT HER (REPORTER) QUESTION WAS NOT COMPLICATED, AND IT REALLY WAS TO HIGHLIGHT THAT SOME INSURANCE COMPANIES INJECT THEIR PRIVATE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS INTO THEIR BUSINESS PRACTICES. IT WAS THE HYPOCRACY SHE WAS TRYING TO ILLISTRATE - BUT I GUESS THAT WAS TOO NUANCED FOR SOME PEOPLE.

Bruce Fealk said...

Chetley,

I was watching CNN tonight and even Republican strategist Ed Rollins said that was about as uncomfortable as he's ever seen a candidate in 40 years.

Also, it was McCain's surrogate, Carly Fiorina that made the statement about the fact that insurance companies should pay for birth control as well as Viagara as a fairness issue.

And McCain didn't even remember his vote. This really will hurt him with women voters. There's no sweeping this under the rug, as well as Phil Gramm's statement about the recession being a psychological recession from a country full of whiners.