Kathleen Sebelius speaks the truth

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.


22 replies
  1. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    Unfortunately, in general, one cannot cherry pick on what one should pay for in our society. There are many societal needs that I pay for, though I do not directly get benefits from my outlay: in health care, in defense spending, in educational spending and more.

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Well, you used to be able to before ?bamacare.? You can buy other types of insurance as you like, i.e. catastrophic only or full coverage, and you are still contributing to the “societal pot”.? I can buy all sorts of different levels of coverage on my car, my house etc.? Why should health care insurance be different?
      Let’s keep the “societal need” restricted to the items covered in the Constitution.? Once we start funding “entitlements”, people start feeling like they should be entitled.? And let us not forget the politically “correct” social “justice”.
      If liberals were just honest, I wouldn’t need to use the quote key so much!

    • GdavidH
      GdavidH says:

      You really think you don’t benefit from any defense spending? The only actual constitutional requirement you mentioned.
      ?What, please tell, is your view of how the world, your country, and society would look if the USA had no military? Please enlighten us.

    • Eric
      Eric says:

      I don’t have a problem with Defense spending sammy, and funding Education as a whole is a good idea… even though our system of public education in this country REALLY SUCKS! ?But I have to draw the line at health care, especially someone else’s health care.
      I do not have a Constitutional responsibility to pay for anyone else’s health care but my own! ?That’s it… end of story! ?The citizens of this country are being extorted by a government run amok. ?Kathlees Sebelius has a marxist view of how to better care for us all because, lets face it… we can’t take care of ourselves! BS… it’s all BS!?

    • Steve M
      Steve M says:

      We obviously get a benefit from defense spending … and that’s one of the absolutely clear mandates for the federal government in the Constitution. That said, nothing else … health care or education … is the responsibility of the federal government, and as such they should completely divest themselves – or rather we should demand they divest themselves (over time) – of that stuff. It’s not hard to understand, but hard to implement. We must work toward that goal or it’s going to get worse and worse.

  2. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    This whole gang who thinks they are in charge have not a clue.? No long term thought on promoting individual choice or responsibility.?
    It is “do as I say, but not as I do”.??Federal employees have a much different health plan than what she?is forcing on us.
    I’m waiting for?one of them to say “Because I said so”.
    This country doesn’t need baby sitters, it needs leaders.?

    • Eric
      Eric says:

      I will fight this socialist government until my dying breath. ?This isn’t the America the Founder’s had in mind, nor the one in which I grew up. ?Barack Obama is the single worst ?thing that’s ever happened in my life, and I believe I speak for many others when I say this. ?I don’t know if it’s at all possible but we’ve got to get control of this out of control government before these pols have us all living like Ruskies! ?God save the USA.?

  3. steve418r
    steve418r says:

    This morning, on my way to work, I was listening to Ray Dunaway interview a woman involved in the health care mandates that went into effect yesterday on August 1st. She had a long list of mandates designed to provide services to women they wont have to pay for. She kept calling them “free”. No more copays, free birth control, free womens health services. Nothing is free. They may not have to pay for it, but the rest of us will. How can she claim “Free”? Like the doctors and the support staff wont get paid? The pharmacy wont charge for the medication.
    What a strange way to interpt “mandates”.

  4. JBS
    JBS says:

    Sure health care is not Constitutionally enumerated, but when has that stopped these Progressives? The Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence are just some old documents, to be referenced when they are convenient, that have been superseded by the Democrat‘s goal of total control and ever growing government.
    Universal health care, the ultimate control of a person as envisioned by this Regime, is more about votes than it is about what is right for the country.
    Push-back against Obamacare is increasing.

  5. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    I am stunned: 1. it’s OK to cherry pick on healthcare but not on other issues, 2. the SCOTUS, not just Congress and the Executive have all spoken on healthcare. It is the law of the land (thank you Chief Justice).

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      You apparently stun easily, or don’t own any of the items I mentioned.? When I point out that the majority of the people have spoken, you don’t care.
      Laws can be repealed.? Let’s see to it.

  6. dennis
    dennis says:

    Again sammy read or listen to what you say and write. Remember Mark Twain’s saying about making your opinion known and removing all doubt……Explain other issues?????

  7. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    I do not want to pay for the people who do not pay for health insurance and go to the ER, but I do. I did not want to pay for the war in Iraq, but I did. I do not want to pay for bi-lingual education, but I do. SOS does not want to pay for contraception because she does not need it, she should not have to pay? Need a longer list, dennis and Dims? And the majority of the representatives of the people have spoken about Obamacare and so did the SCOTUS. I do care.

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      And thus, it is our turn to speak out. ?As for the Iraq war, talk to Congress, they spoke then, both Repubs AND Dems. ?The fact you and I have to pay for freeloaders in the ER was dealt with in a previous post of mine, and is the direct result of an earlier govt screwup. ?Get a referendum process: in deep blue MA, we voted out bilingual ed (and the world didnt’t end!). ?SOS and any of us should be able to buy just the health coverage we want, because it is a personal, not public, decision. ?If the majority of reps decide to dump the crappy healthcare bill, then they will have spoken too.

      Getting rid of Nobamacare is the only type of abortion that should be popular.

      You make my points for me, Sammy.?

  8. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    It sickens me that we had the chance to fix the problems with our healthc?re system and we totally screwed it up. We should have done torte reform, forced insurance companies to sell across state lines and to accept all pre-existing conditions. But most important of all is choice. Choice to buy a policy that meets the specific needs of an individual or family. Don’t need prescription drugs don’t buy coverage, want $20,000 deductible to keep premiums down, go for it, don’t pay for maeternity coverage if you are male or can’t have children. It can and should be done, without the ridsiculous punishments to insurance companies.

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      What’s this “we” stuff?? ;-)? The Dems rammed this through with ZERO Republican input or votes.? They own it, and most of them still don’t even know what is in it, even after Pelosi’s promise!?
      It is time for a health care reform Mulligan!? 😉

  9. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    I am w/ Lynn. IF Obamacare gets repealed, I don’t believe its replacement (if ever) will have in it what Lynn proposes.

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