Well, week #3 has come to an end, and it was a rough one - only because I had a stomach bug that came and bit me Monday night. So, I was out sick on Tuesday. Thank goodness I bounced back within 24 hours. The thing that bothered me the most about my illness was that I missed my Tuesday workout. That tells me right there that I've flipped a switch inside myself if I felt guilty about missing a work out. I even made up the work out on Friday by going to the work gym. And I don't even work in the office on Friday. I was in the area so I decided to stop by after taking care of some business. I even still did Zumba at home...so I had TWO...2...DOS workouts on Friday. That second one almost did me in, but I lasted. I was afraid it was going to tire me out for today, but it didn't. I completed my Saturday workout. It was a bit later in the day because this was the first time that I had that internal battle whether I should skip my work out or not. In the end, I went ahead and did it, and I'm glad I did.
I lost 2.6 pounds this week. YAY ME! Again, it's encouraging that I'm building a cushion. I know I'm going to need it further down the road. I was also afraid that since I was sick it would cause problems with my weight loss this week, but it didn't. So, kudos for keeping with my workout plan. On to week #4!
Now that I've got all that out of the way, I feel like sharing some pithy thoughts. For those of you that don't know me, I'm a bit of a political junkie. I love freedom of thought. I'm a die-hard, tree-hugging Democrat. I support President Obama. I watch MSNBC and Real Time with Bill Maher. Yes, I'm liberal. If that turns you off, you might not want to read further.
Not too long ago, President Obama made a decision surrounding how contraceptives should be covered under heath care plans. Basically, he stated that all health care plans should cover contraceptives without a co-pay. Now, supposedly he made a distinction for religious based organizations such as Catholic Churches and such. Catholics do not feel contraceptives should be utilized, and do not want to offer contraceptives as part of their health care plan. I feel that it is their right to believe this and should not be forced to "personally" provide for contraceptives in their plan since it is against their religious beliefs. However, I feel that their employees who do not believe in that tenant should be able to receive contraceptive care without having to pay 100% out of pocket.
Well, there was a huge bru-ha-ha over this decision because many felt that President Obama was stomping on the rights of faith-based organizations. The government cannot force faith-based organizations to "personally" provide for something that they do not believe in. I agree with this, and President Obama later made the distinction that these organizations would not have to "personally" provide the care. The health care administrator will be responsible for providing contraceptives to those employees that request it without co-pay, and the organization will not have to take part. I feel this is a fair compromise, but I'm not Catholic so I may be biased. I'm sure there are folks out there that are still unsure about the whole situation.
I use birth control. I also had to pay out of pocket for it since my insurance coverage would not pay for the type that was prescribed to me. It pisses me off becasue a man with ERECTILE DISFUNCTION can get as much Viagra as he wants and it's paid for, but I couldn't even get a portion of mine covererd. I call bullshit and shenanigans on that right there! What a fucking double standard! I am happy that President Obama made the decision that woman can get contraceptive care without co-pay, and insurance companies must provide it.
The issue I find so disturbing is how the discussion has turned from the division of church and state in our goverment to civil rights. There are actually legislators out there that are talking about banning this type of birth control...in fact, they are discussing banning all types of birth control and are happily keeping women out of the discussion. Now, I ask you, how can a legislator tell me that using birth control is immoral? I believe what I believe. I do not feel it is immoral. So, you cannot force your religion and beliefs on me. You also have no right to legislate my uterus or my decision not to have children It's my decision. It's my right...my civil right to make decision concerning my body. You have no right to legislate that.
And...since we are discussing the division of church and state, I feel your religious beliefs should determine how you legislate. Some of your constituents may not believe as you do, so keep that in mind. They deserve representation as well. Respect me. Respect the freedom of my beliefs. Religion should not be part of politics. End of story.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this issue so feel free to share. Check out my new poll question. Until next time...