March 6, 2012

The Left on government in the bedroom:

“Stay out of my bedroom! But… uhhh… government must provide me with free birth control at others expense!”

March 4, 2012
10 Points on the HHS Controversy

1)  No one is advocating that contraception be illegal.

2)  The Federal government cannot mandate that contraception be included in health insurance anymore than it can mandate that health insurance provide free gym memberships and free fruits and vegetables.  If you disagree, do you think they should provide these things, and if not, how are free gym memberships and fruits and vegetables less important than free condoms?

3)  If a business wants to offer free contraceptive coverage, that is their prerogative.

4)  If it does not, then prospective employees have the choice to work there and pay for contraception out of pocket, or find an employer that covers contraception.  Why is this bad in a so called free society? 

5) Because so many tens of thousands of non-Catholics work at Catholic hospitals and schools, this issue obviously isn’t keeping people from not working at Catholic institutions.

6)  If people are freely choosing to work at a place where they know they will not receive a certain benefit, why is everyone getting all pissed off?  Do I come into your office and get pissed that you get employer provided food when I don’t?

7)  Just as I cannot use the force of law to force employers to provide me free sunscreen because I love to suntan as part of my lifestyle choice; I cannot use the force of law to force employers to provide me with free contraceptives because of my lifestyle choice to engage in sexual activity.

8)  Government shouldn’t have anything to do with sex between consenting adults, so it only makes sense that government shouldn’t force employers to provide the contraception that consenting adults may want if they wish to have sex.  You can’t have it both ways, either government is involved with sex, or it isn’t.  If YOU wish to have sex, then pay for contraceptives yourself, or work for someone who will pay for them for you.

9)  We got to 2012 just fine without government enforced contraception coverage, why is this such a pressing issue right now?  Have we solved our 16 trillion debt and the multiple wars we are in?  Is free contraception more important than those issues?

10)  It’s rather silly to talk about “access” to contraceptives when condoms are literally in every 7/11 and corner store in the country.  If you needed condoms today, what is the closest place that sells condoms for you?  Is it the same place at which you buy food?  If so, then stop complaining about “access” to contraception unless you also want to argue that you don’t have “access” to food.

Thoughts?

March 2, 2012
Usually I don’t reblog stuff like this, but I actually find it quite accurate and a fair criticism. (I know nothing about the group that put it out, they might be jerks, to me that is irrelevant).
Another point I feel should be discussed more in the HHS controversy:  Why is the Federal government involved in the health insurance business and demanding that people be given free pills and condoms?
In a free society, you have no right to demand that the government require insurance companies to give you free contraceptives because THAT ISN’T INSURANCE!
Insurance is paying a fee in case something bad happens in the future.  So you get fire insurance to keep your house free from fire.  Most likely it won’t happen, but if it does, the insurance has collected enough money from a larger “pool” of people to cover you for your damages.  
Once government mandates that contraceptives be provided for free, we are no longer dealing with insurance.  It would be like the government mandating that fire insurance cover the damages from a fire a homeowner intentionally started themselves.  Or that hurricane insurance cover every house when a hurricane is only 10 miles off shore and about to make direct landfall on the houses.
The problem with the HHS controversy is that we have forgotten what insurance actually is.  Does our car insurance cover our gasoline, oil and brake changes, and other routine maintenance that we KNOW we will incur over the life of the car?  No.  It only covers accidents and theft.  Because that only has a RISK of happening.  
Health insurance has so many government mandates and has had so much government interference since the 70s, that we know longer have real health insurance.  Health “insurance” covers literally anything that could possibly go wrong with the body.  That’s not the point of insurance, health insurance is intended to only cover large expenses.  Things like cancer, serious conditions, and prolonged hospitalizations (like in my own case, appendicitis just yesterday).  Insurance should not cover basic medications, basic physicals, and routine checkups.  A reason?  Costs would go DOWN because there would be true competition in the market.  With insurance paying for “everything”, people don’t care how much even a physical costs, and so doctors have an incentive to charge as much as they can for even basic services.
Now for contraceptives, I have no problem with insurance freely deciding to provide them at little or no cost to their customers.  In a free society, they are free to do that.  Government though, should not be in the business of deciding that a company MUST provide something for free because it serves some greater public good.  This would be like the government mandating that grocery stores offer all fruits and vegetables for free.  I doubt anyone would seriously argue that free fruits and veggies would not help more people than free contraception.  So why aren’t you advocating that grocery stores provide fruits and veggies for free?  Why is contraception a more important health issue than fruits and vegetables?
People are being blinded by the idea of contraception, and not thinking about the deeper philosophical issues involved, which I believe are:
With what authority can the Federal government demand that health insurance only be sold if it includes X?
Why is mandating free contraception our most pressing need as a nation right now? 
Regardless of my personal feelings on contraception, why is it fair for me to use the force of law to require those opposed to it to purchase coverage for it?
Debating these 3 questions will lead to more productive dialogue than demagoging the issue. 

Usually I don’t reblog stuff like this, but I actually find it quite accurate and a fair criticism. (I know nothing about the group that put it out, they might be jerks, to me that is irrelevant).

Another point I feel should be discussed more in the HHS controversy:  Why is the Federal government involved in the health insurance business and demanding that people be given free pills and condoms?

In a free society, you have no right to demand that the government require insurance companies to give you free contraceptives because THAT ISN’T INSURANCE!

Insurance is paying a fee in case something bad happens in the future.  So you get fire insurance to keep your house free from fire.  Most likely it won’t happen, but if it does, the insurance has collected enough money from a larger “pool” of people to cover you for your damages.  

Once government mandates that contraceptives be provided for free, we are no longer dealing with insurance.  It would be like the government mandating that fire insurance cover the damages from a fire a homeowner intentionally started themselves.  Or that hurricane insurance cover every house when a hurricane is only 10 miles off shore and about to make direct landfall on the houses.

The problem with the HHS controversy is that we have forgotten what insurance actually is.  Does our car insurance cover our gasoline, oil and brake changes, and other routine maintenance that we KNOW we will incur over the life of the car?  No.  It only covers accidents and theft.  Because that only has a RISK of happening.  

Health insurance has so many government mandates and has had so much government interference since the 70s, that we know longer have real health insurance.  Health “insurance” covers literally anything that could possibly go wrong with the body.  That’s not the point of insurance, health insurance is intended to only cover large expenses.  Things like cancer, serious conditions, and prolonged hospitalizations (like in my own case, appendicitis just yesterday).  Insurance should not cover basic medications, basic physicals, and routine checkups.  A reason?  Costs would go DOWN because there would be true competition in the market.  With insurance paying for “everything”, people don’t care how much even a physical costs, and so doctors have an incentive to charge as much as they can for even basic services.

Now for contraceptives, I have no problem with insurance freely deciding to provide them at little or no cost to their customers.  In a free society, they are free to do that.  Government though, should not be in the business of deciding that a company MUST provide something for free because it serves some greater public good.  This would be like the government mandating that grocery stores offer all fruits and vegetables for free.  I doubt anyone would seriously argue that free fruits and veggies would not help more people than free contraception.  So why aren’t you advocating that grocery stores provide fruits and veggies for free?  Why is contraception a more important health issue than fruits and vegetables?

People are being blinded by the idea of contraception, and not thinking about the deeper philosophical issues involved, which I believe are:

With what authority can the Federal government demand that health insurance only be sold if it includes X?

Why is mandating free contraception our most pressing need as a nation right now? 

Regardless of my personal feelings on contraception, why is it fair for me to use the force of law to require those opposed to it to purchase coverage for it?

Debating these 3 questions will lead to more productive dialogue than demagoging the issue. 

(Source: emilye, via catholicknight)

February 15, 2012
It’s Not Just About Religious Freedom

So, is it also okay to simply be against health mandates in general?  The government shouldn’t dictate what can and can’t be considered health coverage.  If I want to offer coverage to my employees, I should be able to offer whatever benefits in addition to pay I want to offer, and they are free to accept or work elsewhere.

I don’t see why we solely have to be against this because it attacks religious freedom (which it does).  It’s just bad policy.  All mandates from government lead to unintended consequences in the market.  How many employers will be forced to lay off employees because the cost of health coverage is going to rise with this mandate?  We shouldn’t be “okay” with the mandate if they allow a religious exemption, what about the rights of employers and employees to negotiate freely with one another?

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February 13, 2012

This is the single best commentary you will ever hear on the HHS/Catholic controversy.  Of course, the best commentary would naturally come from a Jew and comes from a Constitutional/Economic perspective.  He explains how this will ultimately lead to drastically higher healthcare costs across the board and ultimately lead to discrimination against women in the workplace.

February 9, 2012
Ron Paul Issues Statement on HHS Decision

An Excerpt:

“Forcing private religious institutions to pay for contraception and sterilization as part of their health care plans is a direct assault on the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.  On my first day as President, I will reverse this policy. Repealing the unconstitutional monstrosity known as ObamaCare is a major part of my Plan to Restore America.

“I am the only GOP presidential candidate who has consistently opposed the federal promotion, funding, and mandating of contraception and abortion.  Unlike Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, I never voted to provide taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood.  And unlike Mitt Romney, whose Massachusetts health care plan contained a contraceptive mandate similar to the one contained in ObamaCare, I have never supported any government health care mandates.

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