We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
ObamaCare is designed to become a government-controlled Welfare program for all, with insurance companies as back offices, check-paying services for a one-size-fits-all government program. Leviathan is always hungry. Freedom and free choice is the cost.
Are there really tons of folks out there who want the federal government in charge of their own medical care? Who really wanted this, except for government? And government employees are exempt from it, which just goes to show...
The politicization of medical help has only just begun. It's a feature, not a bug.
Sneaking contraceptives into the list of health care services that are a fundamental "right" of every American and that must be provided by the government is a first step. If contraceptives are a fundamental "need" for basic health care, what's to stop the federal government from insisting that your diet, physical activity, toothpaste and virtually every other universally purchased good or service is not "critical" to one's good health and therefore falls under the umbrella of what can be regulated by the government and provided to all by taxing those who are (or were) actually willing to work for what they want?
According to the new mantra of the Left, Obama is denying me my new Mercedes Benz. I need a new set of wheels to get to work and of all the options available, I want to drive a Benz. Alas, I can't afford one. Therefore - according to the Left - if Obama doesn't pay for my new Benz, he's denying me the "right" to have one. After all, there are multiple options available for people to avoid pregnancy - including at least one free one. My not paying for your steak dinner is not denying you a steak dinner. Given a willing seller of steak dinners, only YOU can deny yourself that dinner by choosing some other good or service that you prefer instead.
I work for a company that was bought out by a Catholic "Ministry" and their hypocrisy is unbelievable. While I can agree with their stand on abortion , I strongly disagree with their other "principles". When a woman decides on a tubal ligation or a hysterectomy to stop further pregnancies, who are they to say they won't pay for a routine surgical procedure? The employees of my company didn't ask for the nuns but we got them anyway. We also didn't ask for paycuts either but we got them, too. At orientation, "Sister" talked about social justice and how we all have to share and sacrifice, I wanted to ask her if the Pope was going to sell the Vatican and live in a shack in Mississippi.
Last night on Fox News (I think it was Chris Wallace) asked the Obama administration's representative where Obama gets the authority to order a private entity like and insurance company to provide free services.
The reply was that the authority is granted by the Affordable Care Act.
I thought this was a rather stunning claim, since if that is the case, why can't insurers be ordered to provide all services "for free?"
Wallace's questions were good, but didn't go nearly far enough. He didn't ask about the math.
If it costs a woman $600 or so a year to buy birth control pills how exactly does this have no cost impact on insurers? Their answer is that providing birth control will save insurers money by preventing pregnancies that the insurer would otherwise have to pay for. BUT, do they imagine that these women will never choose to become pregnant? Then the insurer pays for birth control and pregnancies. So how exactly do they save money? Seems like an obvious question to me, but no one seems to be asking it.