It's a simple formula, really: take hot button issues like birth control (funny to think something as once-innocuous as birth control is now controversial) and "religious freedom" and put those out front in order to mask your real intentions.
The Hobby Lobby case was just a fingernail working the corner of the Obamacare label, getting it ready to peel off one little shred at a time. Because what corporate America really doesn't want to pay for is your heart disease and your cancer and your diabetes. Those diseases used to be rare. But not only are the numbers skyrocketing, those are also your big ticket items. An IUD is a drop in the bucket compared to any one of your big ticket items.
Why do you think companies are not hiring smokers? Or implementing those darling "wellness programs," in which participants fill out surveys about their body measurements and consumption of cured meats and alcohol, and reaching healthy "goals" is tied to lower deductibles? All that started long before Obama made the scene. Now that the ACA is mandating what will be covered, corporate America must pull out all the stops. And the GOP is happy to assist, starting with something that's easy to get their troops behind: all those silly girls and their birth control pills.
But Erin! It's different with Hobby Lobby! That's about contraception and religious beliefs! My illness is different!
Oh really? Here's an equation for you:
If: Diabetes = Obesity
And: Obesity = Gluttony
And Gluttony = One Of Your Seven Deadly (GASP) Sins
Then: Diabetes = Sin
But Erin! That's not scientific!
Neither is calling an IUD an abortifacient, which didn't matter to SCOTUS one bit.
So to all those celebrating this win in the fight for "religious freedom," you are a prop in the toolbox of Big Business, obediently hammering the inaugural nail in your own coffin--with oodles of enthusiasm, no less.
In ten years (five?), you'll be happily filing for an ACA subsidy when corporate America washes its hands of your insurance. You'll be happily backing an individual mandate. Or voting for the candidate whose running on a "single payer system" platform.
Until then, here's some simple advice: Quit smoking. Lose 20 pounds. Stop drinking so much.
Can't do any of that? Then for chrissake, go for a walk.
|The ugliest walking shoe in all of the land, that of Erin O'Brien|
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