how's your blood pressure?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 10, 2007

The doctor says you need medicine to keep down your blood pressure. The prescription isn't cheap, but the alternatives, which might include a heart attack or a stroke, leave you with little choice. You fork out the dollars, your blood pressure goes down, and then you see this story.

College students are complaining about the higher price of contraceptives on campus this year.

The increase was the result of a change in the 2005 Medicaid rebate law that eliminated the large discounts drug companies had offered to college health clinics.

Or to put it another way, for years your tax dollars were going to subsidize prescription contraceptives for college kids, so that they could party while you took a few hours of overtime each month to pay for your new meds.

"Most people in college are not working and they don't have extra money to spend on birth control," said Alexandra Hatzopoulos, 18, a freshman at UMass-Boston.

With tuition and fees approaching $50,000 a year at some schools, we know that money is tight. Why, after the CDs and clothes and movies and Ipods and pizza and margaritas at the frat house and cell phones and spring breaks in Cancun, students have barely a penny left. And we wouldn't want the poor dears forced to work, now would we? But thank goodness they do have a bit of extra time for recreational activities, of the sort that might require pharmaceutical intervention. A spokesman for Planned Parenthood tells us: "Contraception is basic health care."

So how's your blood pressure now?

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 11, 2007 12:25 PM ET USA

    Uncle Di: I am so glad you brought up the blood pressure angle. I am not a physician, but I am sure we would all benefit healthwise if we just gave up being exposed to the nonsense that passes for the "workings" of the Church.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2007 5:33 PM ET USA

    The item in the press also reported that Senator Kennedy is working to have the legislation changed. He would not let the poor souls without their pills, wouldn't he? Did someone mention that Senator Kennedy is an examplary Catholic? Ah, ok, he is another Mario Cuomo, or to stay in the same State, he is in the same league as Senator Kerry. Please, Benedict speak louder, we can't hear you.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2007 1:28 PM ET USA

    Planned Parenthood is a government-funded, multi-billion-dollar industry whose workers' profits are based on how many babies they slaughter in their abortion mills. PP also states that universal access to abortion is basic health care (obviously not "health care" for the aborted babies). And PP is also the same group that regularly takes in 10-17-year-old girls who are pregnant, gives them an abortion without their parents' knowledge, and fails to report the crime of statutory rape.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2007 12:50 PM ET USA

    my bp is just fine - especially when I know that what I stand for is morally right, I have nothing to worry about. Insofar as the use of tax revenues goes, it's not the least bit surprising - unfortuneately. It's usually the "other side" that gets their bp into a tizzy over such conflicts. They know, if only subconciously, that they are standing on quicksand and that it's only a matter of time... No amount of "proof" to the truth of their condition means anything to such people.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2007 10:35 AM ET USA

    I wonder what Margaret "Eliminate the Poor Defectives" Sanger would think? On one hand her PP is reinforcing the notion that uncontrolled lust is a Good Thing. But on the other - it means these WASPy students AREN'T reproducing to evolve the Superrace. They are going to get STDs and be sterile or abort (so Grandma can cannibalize the fetal cells for younger skin.) And 'defectives' (like me) keep having children. Maybe, just maybe, this just proves who the actual 'defectives' are....

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2007 10:33 AM ET USA

    "Contraception is basic health care" ... because everyone must have sex, regardless their state of life, without any of the natural consequences. Sarcasm off.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2007 9:45 AM ET USA

    "A spokesman for Planned Parenthood tells us: "Contraception is basic health care." It certainly is in their minds, no matter which end of the economic scale you find yourself on. That's why they push birth control in countries that don't even have safe water or food supplies yet. Birth control is a "basic need", even before food and water.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 10, 2007 8:52 AM ET USA

    Here's my prescription for cheap, 100% effective birth control: . a single aspirin, held tightly between the knees.