Mona Charen

In any case, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 53 percent of unintended pregnancies are among women who do use birth control and report "contraceptive failure," which often means failure to use them properly. So Sebelius's fond prediction of insurance companies saving money on all those avoided pregnancies is unsound.

Additionally, when anything is cost free, demand will increase. So insurance companies will be shelling out more money for products that people may use -- or may lie fallow in the medicine cabinet. To cover their added expenses, insurance companies will have to raise premiums -- until the secretary of HHS decrees that they may not -- in which case they will become unprofitable and go belly up. Presumably the HHS secretary will then forbid that as well, becoming King Canute.

The anguished cries of leading Democrats notwithstanding (Barbara Boxer declared that Republicans are trying to "take away women's rights ... (and) their medicine"), pregnancy is not a disease. There are lots of real diseases though, for which medicine probably does save money on net: anti-seizure drugs come to mind, insulin, blood pressure reducing medicines, and blood thinners. Come to think of it, why would a doctor prescribe any drug if not to ward off a serious illness or condition? When drugs reduce the incidence of serious diseases, it's good for everyone, not least the patient himself. By the logic of the Obama administration, all drugs that reduce illnesses should be provided "free" by insurance companies. Before you knew it, insurance companies would be making so much money by providing free drugs that they'd be able to provide all other services for free as well. Poof! There is the solution to our health care crisis.

This is the governing philosophy of the Democratic Party - top-down mandates, "cramdowns" of renegotiated mortgages, creating an infinite cornucopia of newly discovered "rights" like the right to birth control, forcing individuals to purchase private products, and forcing private companies to supply products free of charge. This is the world that Democrats build. It's misconceived, uneconomic, unconstitutional and doomed to failure.

It isn't just Obamacare that must be repealed, it's Obamaism.


Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
 
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