Once Again, the Administration Shows That It Lives in a Bubble


This week, once again, the Obama Administration proved conclusively that it exists in an isolated bubble, protected by the same insulation from reality that protects faculty lounges all over the nation.

During a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, in response to a question regarding the cost of contraceptive medicines from Congressman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), stated that “The reduction in the number of pregnancies compensates for cost of contraception.”

In her view, which is apparently isolated from any repercussions that might occur outside of her Health and Human Service Department offices, a reduction in the national birthrate only affects the costs that might result in a viable live birth.  So, we can infer, as night follows day, that she believes that fewer pregnancies will result in fewer births which, in turn, will lead to fewer adults who will make fewer demands for government dollars, and thus will “pay” for the contraception mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

It appears, at least from this single statement by former Governor Sebelius, that the Obama administration sees no ancillary impacts from a decrease in the birth rate. It can also be reasonably inferred from her comment that she, representing the Obama administration, views citizens as items of cost with no benefits accruing from them. They apparently are never viewed as taxpayers, merely tax consumers.

Yet somehow, the future generation, which will not be born in the first place, will continue funding government spending, staffing our defense apparatus, protecting us in their roles as police, firemen or first responders. These never even born citizens will also perform any trauma surgeries that might be needed by the few births that are not prevented by her panacea of birth control. They will fill every teaching role needed in our schools, even if the quality of that teaching is only at the same level of inadequacy that it currently displays.

Sadly, the good Secretary fails to point out just HOW that is going to happen without people. Perhaps she is taking a page from her fearless leader’s playbook, and will take some portion of all that money (which she says will be saved by preventing pregnancies) to train algae to do all those tasks as well as providing energy for our economy.

But at least we’ll know that the cost of contraception will be covered.

Good job, Kathleen.

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About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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