More has come out about the testimony of Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who testified in front of an House panel on health care.
Fluke said, “Without insurance coverage,
contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law
school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public
interest scholarships, that’s practically an entire summer’s salary.
Forty percent of female students at Georgetown Law report struggling
financially as a result of this policy.”
“One student told us of how embarrassed and powerless she felt when
she was standing at the pharmacy counter, learning for the first time
that contraception wasn’t covered, and had to walk away because she
couldn’t afford it," said Fluke. "Women like her have no choice but to
go without contraception.”
Did you know:
*The panel members were all Democrats...and chaired by Nancy Pelosi. (What - the Republicans were all on vacation?)
*Fluke was the only witness. (Apparently others were unavailable, too.)
*What survey was her statement about "forty percent of female law students" based on?
*Fluke made it clear she was testifying in support of the regulation that requires all health insurance plans to cover sterilizations and contraceptives.
*She is also the past president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice, a group I'm sure had nothing to do with this issue in the past.
*“You might respond that contraception is accessible in lots of other
ways," Fluke told the Democratic panel. "Unfortunately, that's not
true." Apparently Ms. Fluke is unaware that many insurance companies currently cover contraceptives -- including for those patients who need it to minimize polyp growth and other female issues.
*She must not shop much, either. Birth control pills were available for as little as $9 a month at the Target pharmacy just three miles from the Georgetown Law school campus. (True, they are generic. Maybe she won't buy generics.)
*A CVS pharmacy only two blocks away is more expensive -- its month supply of the same pills, Tri-Sprintec (the generic of Ortho Tri-Cyclen) costs $33. In other words, about $400 a year.
When asked about the accuracy of Fluke's testimony, Rep. Hoyer’s (the Minority Whip) spokesman Daniel Reilly said: “Mr. Hoyer takes Ms. Fluke at
her word and believes she provided accurate testimony to the
[Democratic] Steering & Policy Committee regarding important
women’s health issues.” (Read the report on Fluke's testimony. Plus Fluke's background and past actions.)
Do you suppose there was an agenda here?