Comment of the day:
“Yes, yes, yes, yes. The UN should be funding planes to fly over all countries dropping the Pill. Overpopulation of this planet is by far the greatest threat to mankind.” –tommas
Contraceptives, sterilization and reproductive education should be covered by health insurance plans with no cost to patients under the health care reform law, a new report by the Institute of Medicine recommends. Birth control and how it’s obtained remains controversial among anti-abortion groups, but most CNN.com readers agreed with the report.
wrgbiv said, “Am I the only one who is COMPLETELY behind this idea?” VinoBianco responded. “Nope! I fully support free birth control, this is an excellent idea. thumos888 said, “Nope, many of us are. We're just baffled by the idiots who argue that preventing unwanted pregnancies will some how increase insurance costs.” gregsbenidic said, “I really REALLY hope not. This would be the best money the government has spent in my life time. No question.”
Gnatter said, “Better availability to birth control means less demand for abortions. Right to Lifers should support this unless they believe that sex is only for procreation. Social conservatives should support this for the same reason. But they won't.”
PaleinPDX said, “The cost of birth control is FAR less than the cost to raise a child. Especially an unwanted one - for whatever reason.”
doughnuts said, “A lot of the comments on this story have gone a long way toward confirming something that I have suspected for quite a while. The ‘Pro-Life’ folks aren't really interested in saving fetuses from being aborted. They're really only interested in punishing women for having sex.”
Guest141414 responded, “Women who have sex without protection or the use of contraceptives are engaging in a practice with very well-known consequences. Why should someone else be forced to pay in order to remove the natural consequences of a choice? Personal responsibility goes a lot further than demanding that someone else bail you out.”
lcb1783 said, “Does anyone remember the war on Planned Parenthood? I mean, that literally just happened. Now this report comes out? I agree that women's health is absolutely necessary and a right of all women everywhere. Yes, birth control should be free – with populations on the rise this should be a no-brainer. We have a long way to go as a society”
msacks responded, “It's not about it being free because we want to control the population. It's about it being free because it will save everyone else money by reducing health care costs overall.”
DarkStarWNY responded, “So, a medicine that allows people to be irresponsible should be free (by irresponsible I am simply pointing out that pregnancy can be easily avoided without these medicines) but it would still be okay to charge copays for medicine people need to survive?”
james1095 said, “I'd gladly chip in a bit extra to support this. Free birth control is a sound investment and a whole lot cheaper than welfare to support unwanted children. People are going to get freaky no matter how much we stick our heads in the sand and preach abstinence.”
Driranek said, “Free: A half measure at best. Contraception should be mandatory if you are receiving public assistance. Why should we pay for more if you can't support those you’ve got?”
A bipartisan group of senators, dubbed the Gang of Six, have been working tirelessly to find a balanced plan to restore our nation's fiscal responsibility. On Wednesday, the group delivered a plan that President Obama and some conservative Republicans support. The plan includes a $3.7 trillion debt reduction - the latest effort to avoid a potentially catastrophic default next month on the federal government's financial obligations.
Many CNN.com readers remain skeptical, if not weary, of the subject, but a few heralded the progress:
MMjmm said, “Kudos to Obama and the bipartisan gang of six. A 3.7 trillion dollar deficit reduction bill is on the table, with spending cuts, entitlement reform, military budget cuts, and tax increases on the wealthy... get it done GOP – Boehner and Cantor, you guys are the ones acting like children.”
epicism responded, “It's tough, but a good compromise. Let's hope our leaders distance themselves from the brinksmanship they've been rocking for six months over this one issue. Goodness knows there's a lot more work to be done.”
murkymook said, “Where are the tax increases for the wealthy? Under this plan, their tax rate is revised downward to 23–29 percent. And the Alternative Minimum Tax, which is aimed at the wealthy, is eliminated.”
curtisb responded, “@ murkymook: I'm not sure there is enough information out about the tax reform yet to say if it raises taxes on the rich or not. If sufficient tax loopholes are closed, you can lower the tax bracket and still bring in more revenue than you were before.
AGreenspam said, “I think any attempt to reduce deficit right now is a very bad idea. We need jobs first! Then we can tackle deficit problem later! We need to get the economy growing again!”
Iappodi said, “These articles are getting harder and harder to read. This is all POLITICAL THEATER. I am not interested in a "gang" of any number. Such political ‘cuteness' is not cute any more. These people, who willingly dipped into Social Security, now pretend that the Social Security is not solvent! We all know that it is solvent till nearly the mid century, and who knows what will be after that! So why are they messing with it? Because they are using it to fund wars and pay war profiteers, so they are telling us, the idiots, that the system needs ‘fixing.’ But we’re not laughing any more, nor have stomach for any ‘gang’ of senators to give us their ‘brave’ solutions. They are all the same, as there is really just one party. So, the theatrics of this president, that was supposed to be DIFFERENT, are even harder to take.”
During an interview at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference, Larry Summers, former president of Harvard, didn’t mince words when asked about the portrayal of his meeting with the Winklevoss twins in “The Social Network.” "Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind,” Summers said. He also said he thought that they were a**holes.
Most CNN.com readers were amused by Summers, but others defended the twins:
DPGW said, “Both went to Harvard. Both have more money than most people can count. Neither one knows how to tie a tie.” rtgunlimited responded, “They are probably just shocked that no one has sympathy for them getting 'shafted' with $65 million.”
Dalmac said, “Quit crying to your daddy and go get a job.” DidResearch said, “They don't need a job. They came from a rich daddy and now they have $65 million from Facebook. What they need is to grow up and get a life. They look uncannily like the Menendez Brothers.”
endcrownsall said, “Comparing the Winklevoss twins to murderers now? Sorry - the Menendez brothers were Princeton men. ... You don't work for Facebook, do you?”
hecep said, “Here's to hoping that the Winklevoss twins lose at any and all litigation along with tons of dough to their legal counsel.”
asd80 said, “It's not the suits that made them a-holes. It was their smug faces and entitled rich boy attitude.”
HoustonSteve said, “Looks like Summers is angling for a spot on the Facebook board so he can collect another six figure salary while sitting on his fat a**.”
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