Never mind our fear of being stiffed by the Public Option — happily, there’s a low-cost alternative that’s just as effective:
Backed by some of the most powerful members of the Senate, a little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer treatments as medical expenses.
The provision was inserted by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) with the support of Democratic Sens. John F. Kerry and the late Edward M. Kennedy, both of Massachusetts, home to the headquarters of the Church of Christ, Scientist.
Kerry’s flack says the provision “would prevent insurers from discriminating against benefits that qualify as spiritual care if the care is recognized by the IRS as a legitimate medical expense.” Since it’s looking like reform will be the death of us, perhaps we should get a mail-order ministry so at least we can deduct our misery.