Thursday, November 19, 2009

Health care reform shorts: A modest proposal

How about a ban on federal funding for sexual enhancement drugs -- Viagra, Cialis and the like -- if legislators are so hot to cut costs and legislate morality? Why should my tax dollars go to trying to repair the self-esteem of old guys who can't get it up? They won't die if they have to pay privately to maintain their jollies. Force the insurance companies remove coverage for these non-essential medications!

More women will die if the structure of "reform" makes abortion even more inaccessible, if it causes abortion coverage to be removed for all insurance. And that's what the House passed Stupak amendment will do according to the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Opponents of abortion have long made clear that they don't care if a young woman's misfortune works as a death sentence.

The Hill reports that anti-abortion Senators are pleased with the Senate version of the abortion exclusion provision.

Perhaps my proposal would help build support for reform, at least among the majority of the citizens, if not among the sclerotic bunch that populate Congress.
Much more later as more informed people than I wade through analyzing the new Senate bill. We all have to count on them.

Early returns: looks like cost control has so trumped providing affordable access that most people will discover that they receive little more ability to get medical care than they ever had. And many immigrants will have less -- what's this barring them from spending their own money to buy insurance? I thought we liked private spending ... Let's mobilize the insurance company lobbyists to fight that one ...

Democrats seem to have come unhooked from reality. As Democratic consultant Mike Lux spelled out yesterday, if they continue on this track, failing to deliver to their constituents while mesmerized by the big money interests, they can kiss their asses goodbye in the next few elections.

If Democrats follow the safe conventional wisdom formula in the 2010 elections, they will get their butts handed to them. Voters are not happy with incumbents, base Democratic voters feel like no one is fighting for them, independents feel like nobody cares what they think.

And they'll deserve to take the hit, but we won't.


OM said...

As long as we're pushing morals into health care reform, right? It's not like men who use viagra do that to make babies, after all.

dprosenthal said...

Wait-am I reading this right- MY tax money can be used to help guys get it up and keep it up but if conception accidently occurs, the woman must bear the child and all of the responsibility.
We sure as hell DO need health care reform. Erectile disfunction only became a medical condition when the drug companies invented a cure. Many women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth-when did inability to perform become a life threatening condition?

Kay Dennison said...

I agree!!!! You said it well.

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