Happy July 4th to Americans everywhere!
The Supreme Court has sided with Hobby Lobby stating that the federal government cannot force owners of closely held for-profit companies to provide birth control to female employees if they object to the requirement on religious grounds. A recent poll conducted by Moniz et al. published in JAMA 6/25/2014 showed that 69% of respondents supported a policy of mandated coverage of birth control medications in health plans, with significantly higher odds of support among women, non-Hispanic blacks, and Hispanics. We could debate whether contraceptives are in the same category as immunizations and other preventive measures like screening tests (colonoscopy) and medications (statins), whether birth controls should be part of the "package" of health insurance, or the "illogic of employer-sponsored health insurance," or the influence of religion on the use of contraception, BUT it is one more reason why we need single-payer national health insurance, also known as "Medicare for all."
You think that small business owners and even big companies would favor a single-payer system. According to data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, employers pay on average 80% of total premiums, an expense that burdens American companies and not their competitors in other countries with single payer and universal coverage. Employer-based health insurance also exacerbates health and economic inequalities. People with better education and higher incomes will have better access to health care!
Ideology and anti-government sentiments trump rational and moral thinking. Health care is a human right? (noone seems to care about that argument any more).
"I wish to do something Great and Wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful"