Why politicians need to stay out of health care

With the Hobby Lobby case being argued at the Supreme Court, birth control pills have once again become media fodder.  I don’t understand they position that Hobby Lobby’s trying to argue as the primary purpose of your employer is to pay you for the labor you perform on their behalf.  I don’t ever recall any employer trying to dictate exactly what you could or could not do with your benefits.  They were usually negotiated as a package deal of some kind, not some kind of a la carte menu for prescriptions, procedures, and acceptable offices to visit.

Prior to the debate and passage of the PPACA, this crap wasn’t even an issue.  Hobby Lobby offered medical coverage that included prescription birth control pills, and not a single member of the ownership’s family even made a sigh about covering such a thing.  Now,in conjunction with the incessant drumbeat of opposing the current president, it’s suddenly an infringement on a person’s religious beliefs for a totally unaffiliated company to provide prescription medication coverage that includes birth control pills for women.

From my point of view, the entire argument reeks of downright stupidity and unwillingness for people to educate themselves.  Thanks to people like Rush Limbaugh, many Americans seem to have the opinion that taking birth control pills is a gateway to becoming a raging nymphomaniac.  In actuality, birth control pills are nothing more than doses of female hormones estrogen and progestin, and are a form of hormone therapy.  While they are primarily prescribed to prevent pregnancy, there are many other uses for those same pills. 

One easy way out of this is to get rid of employer sponsored insurance altogether.  Then, nobody has to make up some imaginary idea that a corporation is a person and has a religious belief that can be expressed.  A religious corporation is a Church or some other church/religious related entity.  Hobby Lobby is a craft store, and unfortunately scrap booking is not a religion.

An even better way is quit letting politicians get their claws into areas they don’t need to be involved with.  It seems as though everything that politicians touch turns to crap.  The perfect example is our educational system.  The same public school system that educated NASA engineers is basically dysfunctional because of the injection of politics where there should be none.  Everything in this country does not need to be political nor do they need intervention by politicians.  If politicians had not made the idea of birth control pills such a major issue, this post would not exist.

 

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6 thoughts on “Why politicians need to stay out of health care

  1. Here is something I learned about this case (H.L. portion of it) and found dubious to say the least. I don’t know the Hobby Lobby folks but I doubt that someone in their company or whomever they hire to review their insurance policies didn’t know the following:

    “In 2012, a lawyer for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit Washington law firm, called Hobby Lobby’s general counsel to inform him of the health law’s contraception requirement and to ask whether the company wanted to file a suit.

    Mr. Green says he was shocked to discover Hobby Lobby was in fact offering in its insurance plan some of the emergency contraceptives at issue. He called for the insurer to revoke that coverage and signed onto the lawsuit.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/03/24/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-hobby-lobby-case/

    Some of the same contraceptives that were being offered by Hobby Lobby via their insurance plan up until 2012 are now being argued as a religious issue before the Supremes.

    In my opinion something is fishy here and it isn’t just the Friday Fish Fry in the cafeteria at the Supreme Court.

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    • I’ve heard others jump on this too. I find it suspect that a business owner didn’t know what benefits were offered in his company’s insurance policy until the whole debate over the PPACA started.

      I guess that family found religion when it was convenient for ideological posturing.

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  2. I am not on Hobby Lobby’s side in this. But in fairness to them — because I do believe in fighting fair — they’re not protesting The Pill. What they’re trying to exclude are Plan B, ella, the IUD, and something else I’ve forgotten.

    I saw the same thing TBS did, that the law firm recruited them for the suit and they are fighting to exclude medical options they have covered up until now. So, yes, their deeply-held religious convictions on this matter seem to have been acquired very recently.

    You’re right, Bro, what employees do with their pay and benefits should be none of the company’s business. I understand the trouble people have over abortion (although, again, I don’t agree), but I’m really alarmed to see it sliding backwards towards contraception. There are women for whom The Pill is contraindicated, and the IUD can be their best choice for birth control. What’s next? Denying women time off for doctor visits related to reproductive issues?

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    • Thanks for that information in regards to what they’re fighting against. Like you, I like to present the facts as they are in all fairness.

      What I find amusing about the entire argument that’s coming from the Right about the PPACA is that most of their objections would be negated by switching from employer provided insurance to a single payer system. You’re never going to hear that acknowledged though.

      It’s almost like some people don’t care about women’s health. I have 2 daughters, and I want them to have the best care possible.

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  3. “It’s almost like some people don’t care about women’s health.”

    Almost like?

    Remember–the whole issue for the right over Limbaugh’s treatment of Sandra Fluke had to do with his use of a Bad Word to describe her. They had his back on his ridiculous assertions about how the only reason anyone would need to spend upwards of 1000 dollars per year on doc visits / prescriptions & suchlike that she’d described is because they were having SO MUCH SEX.

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    • I say almost like because of how those opinions change when the health issues hit close to home. I read where there’s a Republican state rep in Wisconsin that changed her mind on having insurance companies cover chemotherapy pills and make them more affordable after she was diagnosed with stage 3 breasts cancer.

      As long as there’s no personal connection then the care doesn’t exist. As soon as the issue becomes personal, then the government is wrong for not doing enough to help the suffering.

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