via The Daily Loaf, by Shawn Alff
Congressman Steve Buyer (R-Ind) knows how to fund healthcare reform: charge those who engage in sex without condoms higher insurance premiums. Before we dismiss Buyer as another nut who is just trying to slow down healthcare reform, let’s consider the consequences of this proposition.
The first question is how insurance companies would regulate risky sex acts. Would there be a barebacking police who raids your room after a one-night-stand, searching for a used condom? More than likely barebacking would become incorporated into the health-history/pre-existing-conditions questionnaire that establishes the appropriate insurance premium for your lifestyle. Like me, you’ve undoubtedly been less than sure about how to answer a few of these questions, like “Do you use tobacco?” and “How heavy of a drinker are you?” I puff on a cigar about twice a year, often times vomiting afterward, but does this put me in the same ranks as chain smokers? I don’t think drinking three Busch Lights a night qualifies me as a heavy drinker, because to me Busch Light is basically water, but I doubt my insurance provider would agree. Many of us feel a sense of accomplishment when we get away with lying to our providers until we develop a health problem related to our risky behavior and our insurance refuses coverage.