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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Monday, February 13, 2012 :::

Regarding the recent controversy over requiring that everyone have employer-provided health insurance that covers contraception, I've seen some twitter comments from both the left and the right that the real lesson is that having health insurance tied to employment is kind of nuts.

I thought we had agreed on that several years ago, and one side of the political spectrum offered several proposals to allow the individual insurance market to compete on a more even footing with employer-provided insurance. Then the other side of the political spectrum pushed through a federal law exacerbating the problem.

I assumed that meant the consensus had ended, and maybe it still has -- one tweet from the left doesn't mean that everyone on the left has come back around. But I hope we can move back toward a consensus that we shouldn't fine companies for paying their employees in just cash instead of a combination of cash and health insurance.

It would be even better if we could let people save money and adhere to their beliefs by allowing health insurance that doesn't cover, without copays, every malady with a powerful lobby -- maladies like fertility, for example. [The previous sentence was edited for comprehensibility after the original post -SJ] I would think people would be less eager to have the government dictate what health insurance must include if you could choose your health insurance and your job separately.

Incidentally, I recently re-encountered a piece by Peter Suderman noting that most of the major provisions of PPACA had already been tried in the states and had failed before the law was passed.


::: posted by Steven at 9:25 PM

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