Today, a major provision of Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius’s health care law will take effect…employers must provide coverage for contraception and abortion, as she has mandated.
Most employees will not see any change until next January when their new group insurance policy takes effect. But, it is what Ms. Sebelius said yesterday, while lauding her accomplishments, that caught my eye.
For too long insurance companies have stacked the deck against women, forcing us to pay more for coverage that didn’t meet our needs,
And to that, I say, amen. I should not be forced to pay for coverage that doesn’t meet my needs.
Given my age, I don’t need contraceptives or abortion, why must I pay for it?
I don’t need coverage for substance abuse, why must I pay for it?
I don’t need “free” preventive care, why must I pay for it?
I don’t need a $1000 deductible, why must I pay for it?
Or any of the other myriad of things that I don’t want or need, but am now forced to purchase, why must I pay for them?
So, according to Ms. Sebelius, it is horrible for insurance companies to tailor policies that don’t fit people’s needs, but it’s perfectly okay for her to do so.