Here’s another eye opener from the negotiations before the Senate Finance Committee in the health care reform debate. Members were debating one of Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-AZ) amendments defining required employer benefits. The benefit in question? Maternity care. Seems like a reasonable one, but not all states require them. Nonetheless, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) mentioned maternity care as something that should be provided. Sen. Kyl’s response?
Really? He’s saying he doesn’t need maternity care, so why should anyone else? So now, this is the test for which benefits stay and which ones go? As if something has to meet the “Kyl Test” before it’s covered? As if any care that’s unnecessary for a white male over the age of 60 is the test for what will be covered for the rest of us? Really? Of course this is absurd, and the amendment was defeated. But still, really??
I wonder if “Viagra” passes the “Kyl Test?”