Obamacare Forces Insurance Companies to Pay for Quack Medicine
November 26, 2013
Kevin Williamson at National Review Online has some interesting thoughts on science and politics: “Qi Bono? Obamacare and the New Age quacks”. Excerpt:
. . . the Affordable Care Act includes a rule that insurers “shall not discriminate” against services provided by any licensed or formally recognized provider of health-care services, which means that such traffickers in pseudoscience as homeopathic healers, acupuncturists, herbalists, chiropractors, and the like will be covered under Obamacare, at least in states that recognize such quackery.
. . . anything with the word “Christian” attached to it spooks progressives. The issue for the Left isn’t the scientific method and good evidence, but excluding Christians of whatever stripe from the public square. Unfortunately, Christians have given them an unneeded assist by embracing intelligent design and other schools of intellectual fraud.
But the next time you hear a chorus of “Hooray, science!” from the Left, ask them why Barack Obama’s signature health-care program is going to recognize the worst sort of quackery and pseudoscience, with no more regard for the scientific record than the most fervid young-Earth creationist, swami, or snake-handler.