Monday, September 10, 2007

Campus birth control discounts going. Childish adults weep.

From the ridiculous but true snippets from today's Boston Globe article on the horrible quandary promiscuous collegiate adults find themselves in:

The price of prescription contraception, including pills, patches, and other devices, sold by schools has jumped, with a package of birth control pills going from about $7 to between $30 and $50, according to local college health officials. The increase was the result of a change in the 2005 Medicaid rebate law that eliminated the large discounts drug companies had offered to college health clinics.

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The price increase has left Massachusetts college campuses scrambling to accommodate students' needs.

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Health officials also worry that some students will not use insurance [which they are required to have] to buy contraception because their parents see the pharmacy bills.

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"Most people in college are not working and they don't have extra money to spend on birth control," said Alexandra Hatzopoulos, 18, a freshman at UMass-Boston.

Imani Williams, a sophomore at UMass-Boston, said, "If the problem is children having children, then contraception shouldn't cost so much."

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Note to Imani and Alexandra: you are not "children." Kindly grow up. If you find this too difficult, then at least try to shut up. Thank you.

And do you believe the thing about their "parents finding out?" These are not kindergarten kiddies. They're adults! And yet everybody from Senator Edward Kennedy to the so-called "college administrators" (and, of course, Planned Parenthood...surprise) is in a tizzy because—why?—perhaps some young adults may actually be forced to either drop sexual intercourse from their course schedules? Good grief.

(In other news, nobody's been heard complaining about, say, lab fee increases.)