I propose a new health care system in this country, one regulated by morality. People who are “good” pay less and have more options, and people who are “bad” pay more or are denied services altogether. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want my hard-earned money paying to treat moral degenerates.
Take murder, for example. Most people would probably agree that murder is immoral. Since murder is immoral, isn’t it fair of me to expect murderers to pay more for health care than I, a non-murderer, do.
Thieves, rapists, drug dealers… all obviously immoral. They clearly don’t deserve health care. It’s not even worth arguing about.
And if you were seriously injured in a car accident, and the accident was your fault because you were legally intoxicated at the time, it’s only logical that your surgery should cost significantly more, because your “loose morals” got you into that situation in the first place. Am I right?
Suicide is self-murder, so that must be morally wrong also. If someone attempts suicide but does not die, shouldn’t she be charged more for her hospital stay, pay a fine, or be denied access to medical care altogether? I mean, it was her choice to attempt suicide. Why should the rest of us have to pay?
The Bible says gluttony is a sin, so we can easily add gluttony to the list. For starters, everyone who develops diabetes as a result of obesity can pay for insulin out of pocket. I shouldn’t have to pay a higher premium just because Fatty opens his mouth for every piece of cake he sees. I’m just telling it like it is.
Don’t even get me started on lust. Why should we force insurance companies to cover birth control? Everyone knows only sluts use birth control. If they don’t want babies, they shouldn’t be having sex…
It’s a very slippery slope when we start denying or restricting health care based on moral judgments, which is exactly what cutting all federal funding to Planned Parenthood and requiring women to have an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion are doing.
While I may be persuaded that religious institutions shouldn’t have to cover medications and procedures that go against their tenets, if the Blunt amendment had passed, and it nearly did, any employer would have the right to refuse to cover any kind of health care service by citing “moral reasons.”
A proposed law in Arizona (yes, this is real) could give employers the right to fire women who use birth control.
Did I unknowingly fall asleep and wake up in Salem in 1692? It smells like a witch hunt to me.
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