First, the good news.
Today, the senate rejected an amendment on Obamacare known as the “blunt amendment” that, if passed, would have allowed employers and insurers to opt out of any part of the health care law they deemed “morally objectionable.” The exemplar exemption pushed by Republicans was the requirement to cover the costs of birth control, however the “Blunt Amendment” could have reached many other sexual health issues such as HPV vaccinations, HIV testing for gay men, and prenatal care for children conceived out of wedlock. Really, it was up to the employers and insurance companies to decide what was decent. It was up to them to judge.
Senate barely scraped by this week without a Naked Wreck alert, when the blunt amendment was defeated by a 51-48 vote. However, it is clear that we still face the moralizing mentality that led to the drafting of such a conservative, and catastrophically oppressive law.
The current poster child of this moralizing mentality is Rush Limbaugh, who castigated a Georgetown student and birth control advocate Sanda Fluke after her assertion that birth control should be covered by health insurance:
“What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her?”–he asks in the radio transcript from the Rush Limbaugh Show. “It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”
Rush Limbaugh gets this weeks Naked Wreck Alert for equating sexual health care with sexual promiscuity. He demeans and demoralizes the intelligent advocate as a slut and hooker, simply because she insists on comprehensive health coverage. Not that being a slut is even a bad thing–but when the word comes from Rush Limbaugh’s lips, you know exactly what he means by it.
The Naked Wreck Alert is given to a person or organization that has somehow hindered truth, justice, health, freedom and/or coolness in our world, and is therefore in serious need of therapy, naked or not.