Radio host Mark Levin, whom Sean Hannity slobbers over as "The Great One," visited the Hannity show last night to hatemonger discuss, among other things, the Obama administration’s recent plan for coverage of contraception in health insurance. In his eagerness to smear the measure, Levin announced that there isn’t a problem of access to contraception. What the undoubtedly well off Levin forgot to mention – and multimillionaire Hannity didn’t bring up either – is that there is a problem of cost.
While ignoring the kinds of struggles women face trying to pay for reproductive health care, Hannity and Levin played the Constitutional martyrs. Hannity said, “Obviously, (President Obama) chose contraception, appeasing the left, over religious freedom and liberty. Explain that.”
“This is nothing more than brute force,” Levin said in his effeminate voice that perhaps drives him to overcompensate with demagoguery. “I don’t know of any woman or man, depending on the contraceptive, who has a problem getting contraception… So this isn’t about women, it’s not about contraception. This is about a president of the United States who has no respect for the Constitution, no respect for the First Amendment and also has no respect for people of faith – and I’m not trying to be controversial, there’s no balancing involved here – I didn’t know we were having a problem getting contraceptives in this country. I mean they fund Planned Parenthood who hands out this stuff like candy, so there’s really no problem in this country with access. What he’s trying to do is break down that line between church and state in reverse.”
According to the L.A. Times, birth control pills can cost $600 a year. Unintended pregnancies cost $5 billion a year. I’d love to see Hannity and Levin go visit a woman struggling to pay for contraception or an unintended pregnancy and hand her a copy of the Constitution as a replacement for guaranteed health insurance reimbursement.
As a side note, when FoxNews.com posted this video, they gave it the description, “Which Republican candidate is best suited to right the ship on social and national security matters?” Not only did the network ignore Levin's over-the-top rhetoric, it presented as a given that “the ship” needs to be righted. Fair and balanced? Give me a break.