Friday, August 7, 2015

Jeb Bush sets a value on every woman in the USA: 3 dollars

Subtitle: A vote for Jeb Bush is a vote against women's health care

One reason why Trump appeals to the masses and leading the pack of clowns is that Bush stumbles - a lot. In one of his most recent bumbles he explained how it is that $500,000,000 is not needed for women's health care. It's been around the media, for example, MSNBC/Rachel Maddow Show and also in the Washington Post/Plum Line.

From Paul Waldman writing in the Plum Line:

It must have been at least a week since we’ve had a major campaign "gaffe" (really, who can keep track?), so into that breach Jeb Bush bravely stumbled yesterday, seeming to dismiss the notion of spending too much on women’s health care, when he said "I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues."

... In an appearance before the Southern Baptist Convention, Bush was asked whether, when it comes time to fund the government with a continuing resolution, Congress should "say, ‘Not one more red cent to Planned Parenthood’?" Here’s his response:

"We should, and the next president should defund Planned Parenthood. I have the benefit of having been governor, and we did defund Planned Parenthood when I was governor. We tried to create a culture of life across the board. The argument against this is, ‘Well, women’s health issues are going to be — you’re attacking, it’s a war on women, and you’re attacking women’s health issues.’ You could take dollar for dollar — although I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues — but if you took dollar for dollar, there are many extraordinarily fine organizations, community health organizations that exist, federally sponsored community health organizations to provide quality care for women on a wide variety of health issues. But abortion should not be funded by the government, any government in my mind."

From Steve Benen at Rachel Maddow:

Most of the sentences in Bush’s quote include an error of fact or judgment. The former governor has never been able to explain why Planned Parenthood – a health organization championed by his father and grandfather – should lose its public funding. He also knows that taxpayers aren’t funding abortion – that’s already illegal – and for Bush to argue otherwise is needlessly dishonest.

But the real problem was with his offhand reflection: "I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues." At this point, the GOP candidate didn’t seem to be referring to Planned Parenthood, so much as Bush was questioning investing in women’s health in general.

And since taxpayer funding for abortions is already legally prohibited, it suggests Bush was referring to spending on cancer screenings, prenatal care, and STD tests. Given that there are over 158 million women in the United States, $500 million for "women’s health issues" hardly seems excessive.

So to follow up on the numbers, I turned to the Wiki entry on the census. I extrapolated the 2009 data on the number of women vs. men to figure out the number of women as of 2015. I get roughly 164.3 million. Bush complains about spending 500 million. So, 500/164.3 = 3 dollars and some pennies.

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