ObamaCare is a political solution to an economic issue. It is not a health care law. Proof of this is obvious in the reaction of elements on all sides of today’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case.
The court gives the owners at Hobby Lobby, and to others who are similarly inspired and informed, the right to opt out of a government mandate. In this case, Hobby Lobby does not want to use its money to pay for contraceptive devices that kill unborn children in the womb – abortifacients.
Women who want to use contraceptive devices and formulations can still get them. If they work for Hobby Lobby, they have to pay for them out of their own pocket. Contraceptives are inexpensive. Go buy them.
Contraceptives should not be covered by health insurance as preventive care anyway. Although they do prevent pregnancies most of the time, if they are used correctly – or in the case of abortifacients, kill the little one soon after conception – there is no sound reason why health insurance should pay for them. In fact, there is no sound reason why health insurance should pay for most preventive health care procedures – they should be paid out of pocket by people who choose to use them.
Health insurance ought to be about paying the high cost of treating the effects of illness or injuries – these are the incidents that cost so much. Preventive care is, by comparison, cheap and inexpensive.
The Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) specifies, by the way, that all medical services classified as preventive must be certified by the Preventive Health Care Services Task Force. The law should have tied the hands of former Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. Like all things relative to the political law known as ObamaCare, however, Sebelius took her advice from an agency other than the one prescribed by law. She turned to the Institute of Medicine, and you will not find their name anyway in the language of the law.
Now we will spend the rest of the summer listening to one side talk about religious freedom – an critical issue in the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby. The other side will insist this is a war against women, and try to link GOP candidates to it. This is baloney, but it won’t stop the pro-abortion crowd from crowing it everywhere.
One reason we no longer can have a sane discussion about critical public policy issues is that they are all cast in the shadow of the accumulation of power – politically manipulated solely for the purpose of creating victims who will turn out to vote in the next election.
Our politics are sick, and producing laws like ObamaCare that will end up choking the life out of our Republic.
Now, let me repeat it: If you want contraceptives, and your MD says it’s okay, go to the pharmacy and buy them. No one will stop you.