The healthcare bill

…includes this:

[A] little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer treatments as medical expenses.

But presumably not transgender patients’ hormone treatments.

The provision was inserted by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) with the support of Democratic Sens. John F. Kerry and the late Edward M. Kennedy, both of Massachusetts, home to the headquarters of the Church of Christ, Scientist.

The measure would put Christian Science prayer treatments — which substitute for or supplement medical treatments — on the same footing as clinical medicine. While not mentioning the church by name, it would prohibit discrimination against “religious and spiritual healthcare.”

Couldn’t “spiritual healthcare” be construed as broad enough to encompass every New Age crystal quackery, or a Vodou fetisher’s sacrifice of an animal in supplication for good health? Wouldn’t it cover dianetics, free personality tests and e-meter readings? Is it too much to ask that subsedies be restricted to that which  has been proven to actually work on a reliable basis?

I’d actually been leaning towards supporting the proposed healthcare regulations reforms. But if this is the level of seriousness the legislators writing it up are exercising, I’m not sure I can.

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One Response

  1. It’s getting harder and harder to take most of humanity seriously. This is all like a bad joke that won’t just die.

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