President Obama is at it again. At a White House forum on women (a.k.a. a 2012 exercise in campaign gender warfare) President Obama boasted about the following:
- Contraception at no additional cost (handouts to rich women who can afford it)
- No denial of coverage for preexisting conditions (more expensive premiums)
- More women insured because they’re on mommy and daddy’s plan. (If you are on mommy and daddy’s plan, you are a boy or a girl, not a man or a woman)
New Atlantis Country Club kicks you off mom and dad’s account at 24, but you get to stay on their health insurance plan until you’re 26, sheesh.
Adding more fuel to the gender warfare fire, he quipped, “We don’t know — we haven’t gotten on the dry cleaning thing, yet.”
Guess what, it’s more expensive being a woman, alright? Like a BMW, you have more moving parts that have higher maintenance costs, than men. Honestly, those added costs aren’t all that much more expensive, should you choose for them not to be. A lot of women’s healthcare costs can be deferred until she becomes sexually active. Should she wait until marriage (perish the thought), she and her spouse can share in the expense, just as they do all other household expenses. Crazy, huh?
Regarding the dry cleaning thing, 99% of men’s shirts dress shirts look like 99% of men’s shirts. The buttons are on the right. They all have the same kind of collar, they’re all made of similar materials (cotton +/- polyester/linen/etc). Mens suits, are also pretty standard. Consequently, all of the equipment at the dry cleaner is designed to process men’s clothes (the bulk of the dry-cleaning workload) cheaply and efficiently. Women’s clothes button in the opposite way, shirts have ruffles, a legion of collars, and a legion of fabrics. There are pantsuits, suits with skirts, dresses, a tremendous amount of variety. It is ridiculous for Dr. J. to pay $4 a shirt to subsidize the cost of processing a woman’s dry-cleaning.
Similarly, given that Dr. J. pays a $20 co-pay for his annual well baby check up, in addition to the cost of the visit, why should his co-pay go up to $30 so Mrs. Dr. J.’s is $0, and both of our monthly premiums have to go up as well to cover everyone else’s free stuff.
No wonder the President was met with ‘tepid laughter.’