Debt Crisis Hiding Many Sins of a Lack of Transparency
I’ll bet you are bored with listening to Congress debating whether the US Government should pay for all forms of Birth Control including the Day-After Chemical Abortion pill as well as the other mountains of regulations being created by Health and Human Services. No, you missed that debate? Actually there never was a debate in Congress. The mandates were made by Sebelius based on a recommendations by the Institute of Medicine, a group you did not elect either… They are requiring insurance companies not to require any copays for:
- Birth Control pills that cost $9.00/month for generics
- Day-After Chemical Abortion Pills
- All mechanical Birth Control Devices
- Breast Pumps
- Annual “well-woman” physical, screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer.
- Diabetes testing during pregnancy
- Counseling on domestic violence
- And other services?
While no one doubts that women’s health is an important issue but the question is whether the Government should mandate everyone pay for these products and services. Especially since the Chemical-Abortion pill crosses ethical boundaries of many religious groups. Why will everyone pay? Because the costs are spread across the board to all insured on a pro-rated basis. So, if you are not a female or not within child-bearing age, you will still pay for those who are.
Is this good public policy? For example, if you are on medicare and do not use Medicare for drug coverage, and are on blood pressure and cholesterol medications, your cost would be around $23/month from Wal-Mart. Why buy insurance for this small amount? Generic Birth control pills cost $9.00 per month. A manual brest pump kit can be purchased at Target for under $30.00. Some electric pumps can costs over $200.00. In fact, my research uncovered that a “hands free” model is available for over $350.00. Maybe these could be mandated if you are driving, like cellphones! There are countless pre and post natal programs on the Federal and State books today where those who need assistance in purchasing appliances and supplies can have them provided. Does it make sense to add these costs to everyone who will be forced to buy Obamacare policies?
There are two key issues with the Obamacare HHS approach to creating reams of regulations that will eventually crush this nation. One, what should be included in coverage and who should pay and how. Two, shouldn’t we have a more open process to create regulations that we will have to try to live with for generations to come?
But, that is what the debt crisis is used for. TO HIDE WHAT GOES ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN WASHINGTON THAT WILL IMPACT US AS MUCH OR MORE THAN THE DEBT CRISIS…THAT WAS CAUSED BY THE SAME PEOPLE THAT ARE BRINGING US OBAMACARE!