Sandra Fluke And The Three Thousand Dollar Lie
First and foremost, before I’m accused of slander, let me say that I “feel” like Miss Fluke is being dishonest with us. I might even “believe” that she’s lied. But what I’m going to officially say is that I think she’s testified before Congress with questionable facts. Highly questionable facts… in fact. Let me explain.
The “lie” (or questionable fact) happens at around the 2:12 mark of the video below. She says that contraception, without insurance, can cost a woman “over $3000 during law school”. Let me tell y’all something, folks. Either she’s lying, or her friends are too stupid to be enrolled in Law School. Now that’s a pretty nasty claim for me to make, so let me back it up.
I used a run-of-the-mill map application to locate Georgetown University (her school) on a map. I then searched for pharmacies within close proximity to Georgetown. I then called the first one that I saw and asked how much a month’s supply of Ortho Tri-Cyclen costs WITHOUT insurance. The name brand was surprisingly pricey. I was quoted a cost of just under 45 bucks. That would equal about half of the amount Sandra Fluke told Congress it would cost. I started to think that maybe she deserved some benefit of the doubt. But then the pharmacist offered me another option (SANS INSURANCE).
I was told that if I paid $20 for the pharmacy’s club card, I could purchase a month’s supply of (generic) Ortho Tri-Cyclen for $12 a month. And that’s from a pharmacy within walking distance from Georgetown University. So instead of the proposed $1000 a year that Sandra Fluke told Congress that her friends spend on contraceptives, it was closer to $164 a year. So instead of $3000+, we are now looking at $492 for three years worth of birth control. I mean, maybe Miss Fluke is used to Congress accepting bogus budgets, but we should all be offended that she would try to be so dishonest with us.