Thursday, March 8, 2012

LIMBAUGH-FLUKE STORY -- INVESTIGATION OF FLUKE'S VERACITY

THIS POST IS BY A FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, DR. ROBERT WARREN, PhD

Dr. Warren has made an investigation into the veracity of Ms. Fluke's testimony that Rush Limbaugh would have been wise to have made, as previously asserted here. By now readers probably have other information revealing obvious flaws in Ms. Fluke's testimony. However, media leftists still give it legitimacy as part of the so-called "attack on women" mantra.

Dr. Warren's Findings:
As I read through the testimony, particularly the part about Ms. Fluke's friend, I was struck by the cost of birth control - $3000 just didn't make sense. So, being a numbers guy, I decided to check things out. The first thing I did was check out the cost claim. It was wildly inflated to say the least. A woman with a prescription can go to the Georgetown Target store and get a months supply of commonly available generic birth control pills for $9 or a little over $100 per year. The most expensive birth control was about $50 per month. The only time I could find anything approaching $200 was for a doctor visit to check out a woman for STDs and give her an appropriate prescription.

Since Ms. Fluke had either lied or misstated the cost information, I decided to check the accuracy of her anecdote about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). The use of COMMONLY AVAILABLE birth control pills is often used for treatment of excessive hair on a woman's body. Ms Fluke stated that her friend was a lesbian. PCOS involves an aberration in male hormones. Surgical removal of an ovary for this condition is not normal practice as laproscopic surgery can be used to drain the cysts. A cancerous ovary, however, would certainly involve ovarian surgery to remove the diseased organ and subsequent treatment could be expensive - a lot more than a few thousand. Ovarian cancer is certainly a serious and life threatening medical condition which should normally be covered under even the most limited of insurances.)

Interestingly, many of the women at Georgetown have tried to con the insurance company that operates under the guidance of Georgetown University. This company provides limited health care coverage meeting Georgetown's guideline, and those guidelines apparently exclude payment for birth control medications. (I speculate that what Georgetown does is provide its students with very low cost healthcare coverage, and the insurance company carefully checks any and all claims of medical need for the use of a birth control pill or medication.) Apparently, Ms Fluke's friend was unable to provide sufficient proof of medical need although how that is possible based on the situation doesn't make any sense to me. Once again, I suspect Ms. Fluke has either lied or misstated the situation.

Unfortunately, Rush Limbaugh made this idiocy personal rather than professional. I can certainly understand his skepticism, and am sufficiently certain that this is another one of the cleverly crafted sob stories of the left. However, he should know that you are not going to win an argument like this and his apology to Ms Fluke was appropriate not only because it was right to do so but also because it makes good business sense.

My bottom line: It appears that Ms. Fluke "cooked the books" rather substantially to make her statement and anecdote more significant. Rush got caught in the trap. Bob W.=

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