O'Really?

The latest comments from Bill O'Reilly that make us want to vomit on ourselves.


Catherine Price
July 22, 2008 10:40PM (UTC)

Remember how a couple of weeks ago, John McCain went painfully silent when a reporter asked him whether it was fair for health insurance companies to cover Viagra but not birth control? As could have been predicted, Planned Parenthood picked up his now infamous "pregnant pause" and made an ad about it. And now, as also could have been predicted, Bill O'Reilly is being an asshole.

Here's the transcript of his latest rant on the subject, though I do suggest watching the video for the full effect:

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"Viagra is used to help a medical condition; that's why it's covered. Birth control is not a medical condition. It's a choice. Why should I, or anybody else, have to pay for other people's choices?"

And then:

"Do I have to buy you dinner before you use the birth control? Give me and every other taxpayer a break, Planned Parenthood."

Ah, yes. Because "taxpayers" should be responsible for ensuring that every American man can get an erection on demand, but not help prevent unwanted pregnancies caused by those pumped penises. And surely choosing to take a medication that, in addition to preventing those unwanted pregnancies, can reduce the symptoms of PMS, even out one's periods, reduce excessive bleeding, stabilize moods and improve diabetic blood sugar control has less to do with medical conditions than a drug that gives you a hard-on.

Oh, Bill. At least you don't need to worry about being covered for Viagra: You're already a dick.

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Catherine Price

Catherine Price is an award-winning journalist and author of Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. Her written and multimedia work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, PARADE, Health Magazine, and Outside. Price lives in Philadelphia.

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