The Catholic bishops are refusing to take the bait of the silly “compromise” offered by the Obama administration, whereby the insurance companies would be paying for the contraceptives, rather than the employer or the employee. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that such costs would simply be passed on to the employees in the form of higher insurance premiums, and eventually work their way back into demands for higher salaries, and thus be transferred back to the employer.
More than that, this little melodrama will force people to start thinking long and hard about the whole so-called health insurance matter.
Back in the day, “health insurance” meant catastrophic event coverage. The idea was that if you were really laid up with a serious illness or devastating accident, and the hospital bills would cost a fortune, your health insurance would kick in. It was NEVER intended that every little thing be covered by this insurance, any more than auto insurance would cover gas, oil, and routine repairs.
You may not care about the conscience of the Catholic Church, but maybe you DO wonder why your premium dollars should pay for someone else’s Viagra. You may have great sympathy for someone else’s mental health problems but wonder why your premium dollars should pay for overpriced—and not very effective—proprietary psychotropic drugs.
You may agree with the concept of sharing the risk, so that your premium dollars provide needed care for heart patients. But, I’m guessing that you are probably disgusted by how the system has been played by unscrupulous cardiologists and their useless stents.
And if you think that private insurance plans have been scammed, don’t even get me started about Medicare and Medicaid.
The debate over federally-financed health care—as one-sided as it was—began 50 years ago. It’s high time for round two, don’t you think?