Obama campaign e-card: ‘Can I borrow $18,000 for birth control’
posted at 3:10 pm on September 28, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
The Obama campaign long ago recognized that it couldn’t make a case for the president’s re-election without distorting its accomplishments and details of its opponent’s platform. One area in which the duplicity has been especially thick is women’s rights.
As recently as Thursday, the president repeated the tortured myth that women in the workplace were earning 77% of what males earned until he rode in on his white stallion and passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The only problem with the claim is that it implies women who earned less did the same amount of work as their male counterparts. When you compare apples and apples, working women actually make 117% of what men make for the same work week in the same job.
In spite of this inconvenient truth, Obama continues to remind female audiences that Mitt Romney opposed the Ledbetter Act, which is true if misleading for the reason outlined above.
Another lie the president is comfortable telling is that Romney opposes a federal requirement that employers pay for their employees’ contraception. In point of fact, Romney opposes the requirement only insofar as it affects religious institutions that are doctrinally opposed to the use of birth control.
Nevertheless, the Obama campaign has come out with an e-card, which can be viewed here. The message is beset by logical problems. One is that the writer, presumably a young woman, states that “Romney says he would repeal the Affordable Care Act” (of which the contraception mandate is a provision). She then asks her mother to advance her $18,000 to buy birth control. So the election hasn’t even taken place, judging from the conditional would, but the young female already has her hand out, which suggests she (and Team Obama) fear that Romney will win.
The bigger logistical problem is the amount of cash she requests. $18,000 would buy an awful lot of birth control even extended over an entire lifetime. If we go back to the cost of contraception available at the Target store 3 miles from Georgetown Law School where Sandra Fluke attended, a month’s supply of pills runs $9 to uninsured customers. That works out to $108 a year. The young female sending the e-card would need to live 166 years to use up that supply.
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