A Few Follow Ups To Previous Posts

Once in awhile, we like to go back and “follow up” on certain posts we have made in the past to see how issues are being resolved, where they are now, and what is happening. In this day and age of 24 hour a day news spoon fed to us in seven minute segments, we often forget what has been said before.

For example, we had mentioned that despite increased costs to all and religious reservations of some, the Institute of Medicine had made recommendations to the Obama administration that health insurers should be required to carry birth control for women without co-payments. Today, President Obama announced that starting in 2013, insurers will have to do just that.

Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays, the Obama administration said Monday in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as well as social mores.

The requirement is part of a broad expansion of coverage for women’s preventive care under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Also to be covered without copays are breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual “well-woman” physical, screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer and for diabetes during pregnancy, counseling on domestic violence, and other services.

Once again, the Obama administration is forcing something on companies and trying to control the market. If a company or individual does not want to pay for contraceptives, why should they be forced to do so? And yes, we said “individual.”

The new requirements will take effect Jan. 1, 2013, in most cases. Over time, they are expected to apply to most employer-based insurance plans, as well as coverage purchased individually. (emphasis ours)

So that means if you are a single male, looking to purchase insurance, you must purchase a benefit that you will not use.

The bottom line is that insurance companies won’t care about the new regulations. They will just pass the costs to their customers. Pharmacy companies will have a captive market, so they will sell more products. Doctors and therapists will pass on the costs as well.

In the end, the people who pay for it are the everyday, average person.

Whether they need or want the coverage, they will pay.

Please sir, may I have another?

School administrations in Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta and the state of Florida have all been rocked, or at least embarrassed by the revelations of students cheating on standardized tests with the aid of teachers.

A Philadelphia teacher has come forward to explain why she helped kids cheat on the standardized tests:

“I wanted them to succeed, because I believe their continued failure on these terrible tests crushes their spirit,” she said.

Her students are in 11th grade. In one year they will be out in the real world where failure is not acceptable. The real world doesn’t give a darn about self esteem. The real world – real employers – want results. So while it is great to feel all warm and fuzzy to help kids feel good about themselves, teachers such as this one are abrogating their responsibilities and setting up their students for long term failure down the road.

The teacher’s view is short sighted at best.

In retrospect, she wishes she had found a way to meaningfully address her students’ deep-seated academic deficiencies and the troubling school culture created by high-stakes testing.

You mean, like actually teaching?

What a novel concept that is.

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