Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Lobbying Heats Up

The 9/27/2010 Denver Post reports that, "Christian Scientists push for health insurance that covers spiritual care".

This is a completely predictable development. When the government specifies what benefits shall (or shall not) be covered by insurance, special interest groups will lobby ferociously to have their particular pet benefit be part of the mandatory package.

The result is that ordinary people are forced to pay extra for "benefits" they may neither need nor want in order to satisfy those with the greatest political pull.

As I discussed a few months ago in the 3/24/2010 Denver Post, this turns medicine into a permanent political football.