Oh my dear, dear Kathleen Sebelius, you lost your cool and accidentally said what you really think.
The quick version of the video’s at the bottom, and the link to the whole thing is here if you want context. Since I tend to skip blog posts with videos in ‘em and I don’t want you to miss this, I pulled the transcript. Come on, just skim it.
Conversation is between Sebelius and Rep. Tim Murphy.
TM: Who pays for it? There’s no such thing as a free service.
KS: The reduction in a number of pregnancies is — compensates for the cost of contraception. The overall plan —
TM: So by not having babies born, we’re saving money? I just want to get this on the record — you’re saying, by not having babies born, we’re gonna save money on healthcare.
KS: Providing contraception as a critical preventive health benefit for women and their children reduces —
TM: Not having babies born is a critical benefit. This is absolutely amazing to me. I yield back.
KS: Family planning is a critical health benefit for women, according to the institute of medicine — and that’s, again, scientists!
You can see KS slowing down her sentences, trying to think carefully and avoid speaking plainly. But then she says it: “the reduction in a number of pregnancies.” You know that that’s what “preventive services” prevent, right? Not colds, not the flu: pregnancies.
The last line is also telling, and chilling. Having been trapped into saying what she thinks, Sebelius falls back on what she really believes in: Science Says It, I Believe It, That Settles It. The problem is that Murphy’s not talking about science, but about ethics.
Okay, here’s the clip. Excerpted bit starts at about 4:30.