Archive for March, 2012

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Antonin Scalia’s Broccoli Fixation

March 31, 2012

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Let’s expand a bit on what Justice Antonin Scalia was talking about when he compared the health care insurance mandate to a government requirement to purchase broccoli.  The undeniably brilliant (if extremely ideology-driven) Justice makes a great point!

Everyone will eat broccoli eventually. Sooner or later, as sure as the sun rises, you will NEED to eat broccoli. Perhaps DESPERATELY need to eat broccoli. Broccoli might even be necessary to save your life at some point.

So how come so many people simply refuse to pay for broccoli – then expect to get all the very best broccoli that they need, promptly and for free, at the emergency door of their local food store? Because we let them get away with it – that’s why!

The food store is required by law to provide top-quality broccoli to every person in need of it – whether he can pay for expensive broccoli or not. Who pays for all this free broccoli? The rest of us – that’s who! You and me.

There’s a name for people who won’t pay for their own broccoli – freeloaders!

Unless we’re willing to let those freeloaders die in the street from broccoli deficiency syndrome, the government should make them prepay for their own eventual consumption of broccoli. But we aren’t willing to do that. Nor should we.

How can the government require us to prepay for broccoli Constitutionally? Since the broccoli market has a HUGE impact on interstate commerce, Congress may require everyone to pay his share for it.

Never doubt the ability of the brilliant Justice Scalia to select the very best Republican talking point when hearing a Supreme Court case.  Is broccoli an apt analogy for the health care mandate, or what?

Now shut up and eat your broccoli.

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The Blunt Amendment – and my moral code

March 3, 2012

From the text of the Blunt Amendment, recently tabled in the United States Senate:

No Exchange or other official or entity acting in a governmental capacity in the course of implementing this title (or any amendment made by this title) shall discriminate against a health plan, plan sponsor, health care provider, or other person because of such plan’s, sponsor’s, provider’s, or person’s unwillingness to provide coverage of, participate in, or refer for, specific items or services pursuant to this paragraph.

My moral code informs me that it is deeply irresponsible to contribute to human overpopulation of the planet by bringing more than two children into the world – much less five kids or seven kids or whatever.  Therefore, I intend to limit to TWO the number of children that may be included in the “family” medical insurance coverage that my company offers to its employees.  I would also refuse to cover the expenses of pregnancy and childbirth for a family’s third and subsequent child.

Further, my moral code tells me that traditional marriage is between ONE man and ONE woman – for LIFE!  My code does not recognize the validity of divorce.  No employee’s “family” coverage shall include any “spouse” other than the FIRST spouse of that employee.  Second marriages will NOT be considered to be “traditional” marriages except in the case of the first spouse being deceased.  First marriages of an employee to a divorced partner similarly will not be covered.  Of course this policy also denies benefits of “marriage” to same-sex partners, domestic partners, live-in partners, or any other partner other than a first and only spouse in a traditional marriage.

My moral code also informs me that substance abuse is a moral problem, not a medical one.  Forcing me to pay medicos for treatment best left to spiritual counselors violates my rights of conscience.  Any pastor can and will lead an addict to Jesus at no cost to anyone, and without my paying money to enable addiction by treating it as a medical problem.

I morally oppose the widespread use of antidepressants and other mood-altering drugs.  Prozac, Xanax, Valium, and numerous other such drugs are dangerous and harmful.  In this, my moral code is similar to the well-known belief of Scientologists like Tom Cruise that these drugs harm both patients and society.  My conscience will not allow me to include them in my company’s pharmacy plan.

This is America!  Freedom!  Liberty and justice for all!  I will not stand for any government intrusion into how I express my religious beliefs and follow the dictates of my conscience in designing the medical coverage available to my employees.

(Every Republican Senator except the retiring Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the “Blunt Instrument” Amendment.  “Moderate” Republicans are all but extinct in 2012.)