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Joe Klein Shocker: Requiring Insurers to Cover Birth Control
‘Major Overstepping of the State’s Role’

Newsbusters

Time’s Joe Klein on Sunday took a position that is likely to shock people on both sides of the aisle.

In a discussion about birth control on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, Klein surprisingly said, “Why, in a country where we don’t require employers to provide health insurance should we require them to – those who do provide health insurance – to provide contraception? Now, I’m all in favor of contraception, but I think that this is a major overstepping of the state’s role” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: Guys, guys, I promised the viewers sex. We have to get to it. Joe, is it — it seems clear that the raising of issues like contraception, Obama’s — you know, the issue with regard to the — what Catholic charities could or could not provide, net-net, that is helping the Democrats, because it’s making a lot of independent women say, wait a minute, we don’t want people telling us what contraceptives we can use.

JOE KLEIN, TIME: Net-net, it’s helping the Democrats. But I think Reihan [Salam] is going to faint when I say that I think that the strongest case that the Republicans have that’s been obscured by all of this craziness is that the regulatory state has gotten out of control.

And so that when you bring it down to contraception, you ask yourself, why, in a country where we don’t require employers to provide health insurance should we require them to – those who do provide health insurance – to provide contraception?

Now, I’m all in favor of contraception, but I think that this is a major overstepping of the state’s role.
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» 8 Comments

  1. Tim

    March 6th, 2012

    The gov’t has NO authority to dictate the TERMS of any contract.

    It is not “overstepping” it is usurpation – it is treason.

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  2. Menderman

    March 6th, 2012

    Hey FDR, did Hell just freeze over?

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  3. Menderman

    March 6th, 2012

    Hey Joe Klein, thanks for getting the conversation back on track!

    Obama sucks and he ain’t the King…mind your business Barry.

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  4. bitterclinger

    March 6th, 2012

    Blind squirrel + nut, yadda, yadda, yadda…

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  5. Dr. Tar

    March 6th, 2012

    Can’t wait till Conserviatives get ahold of the Excecutive branch again. There are a lot of proactive mandates that can be done now thanks to the precedent created by Obama and Sebelius

    1.) Ultrasound required for all pregnant women.

    2.) Required pre-abortion counseling.

    3.) Mandated educational curriculum on the dangers of homosexual behavior.

    4.) Required work for government handouts required.

    5.) Voter I.D. and background check and purple ink at voting stations. Maybe a voter card verifying an individuals citizenship and right to vote.

    6.) Manadated all households take gun training and if successful finish required gun ownership.

    To quote Al Pacino in Sent of a Women
    “I’m just getting started.”

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  6. Lowell

    March 6th, 2012

    Do you have a personal problem with federal laws, regulations, directives, memorandams,guidelines etc,etc. THEN DON’T OBEY! It’s that fuckin’ simple you cowed sheep. Apply your own personal standards of integrity and phuck them that would rule you from on high.

    These simpletons in Washington have proven they can’t even balance a checkbook, and you want to give them latitude to tell you how to live YOUR life. Are you stupid? Sweet phuckin’ anal seepage. You ‘people’ amaze me.

    Are there any adults left on the face of this planet I can talk to?

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  7. Menderman

    March 6th, 2012

    Thank you for that list Dr. Tar!

    Perhaps we can have our own thread as to what a conservative president can demand based on this precedent…

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  8. Dr. Tar

    March 6th, 2012

    @Menderman

    Glad you like the list.

    Sometimes a guy has got to dream – and not the “Dreams of My Farter” either (that spelling error is intentional this time).

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