Saturday, November 07, 2009

Separate Church and State?

Enough already! I am not Catholic, and for the life of me, do not understand why the rest of us have to answer to the declarations of that church.

Today, the House is scheduled vote on a health care amendment that will not only enforce Hyde amendment rules that government money cannot be used to pay for abortions, but now will bar insurance companies that participate in the exchange from covering abortions. This was done to get the support of Catholic bishops.

So, should we make it impossible for poor women to buy bacon? That might please the orthodox Jewish leaders.

If the Catholic church wants to dictate to its members, that's their issue. But I am sick and tired of this church dictating to all of us.


tessa said...

Right On, Kirby!

Charles said...

And what about those wily Christian Scientists?

>>Backed by some of the most powerful members of the Senate, a little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer treatments as medical expenses.

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."

CT Bob said...

As long as those who perform "spiritual healthcare" are liable for malpractice when their patients drop dead, I guess it's fine. Whatever works.

Are witch doctors similarly covered?

Charles said...

Are witch doctors similarly covered?

I would think so, if 'spiritual healthcare' is in the actual language.