March 25, 2014

After watching this segment, I have a serious suggestion for "Judge" Andrew Napolitano. What we need to do is just end employer-sponsored health insurance altogether so that the tender Christian employers out there don't have their delicate sensitivities hurt over whether their female employees want access to birth control.

As a side benefit, that would also end all speculation that such plans would also force employers to cover euthanasia and abortion, which is what Judge Wingnut claimed today in his interview with Martha McCallum.

We all know that's an outright lie, but Fox News doesn't care because they're in the business of marketing feelings to people. Feelings and outrage. Any old outrageous claim is fine. Facts? Meh. It's all about how you feel after watching a segment like this.

I actually laughed outright at his absurd claim about euthanasia and abortion, but I was less amused by his impassioned plea for the fee-fees of tender business owners like the Green family, who own Hobby Lobby. That was a not-so-subtle call for all of us to get down on our knees and hail the beneficent employers who deign to sign our paychecks and who, in Napolitano's eyes, should control their employees' every move.

Host Martha McCallum first offered a twisted hypothetical question about why an employee, who sees employees of other companies getting coverage for contraceptives, shouldn't complain when they don't have the same coverage.

Napolitano's answer? "Your wish to be covered for contraceptive coverage paid for by your employer is a good that the employer purchases for you, but the employer's wish to serve his or her heart and to follow his or her religious beliefs is a right that comes from our humanity and is expressly guaranteed."

Gosh, I'm old enough to remember when employers dangled health insurance in front of their employees to lessen turnover and get really good employees. Now employees are just hanging around in the meat market waiting for their employer-benefactors to purchase them a "good," but only if it serves that employer's heart.

By Napolitano's logic, Scientologists should immediately sue so they can drop mental health coverage from their employee plans, because it is their right to serve their hearts even if it means their employees are harmed in the process.

As for rights, every employee also has a right to "serve his or her heart" and make their own decisions with regard to religious beliefs as they might relate to his or her own health care. If we have arrived at a place where employees are to be subject to the heart whims of their employers, then it's time to take health insurance out of the workplace entirely.

Perhaps Charles Krauthammer could help Andrew Napolitano understand why single payer is the most economic and simple way to cover everyone.

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