Representative Buyer's Spectacularly Bad Idea
by Charles Lemos, Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 10:46:22 PM EDT
"Someone who smokes, drinks, participates in bad conduct and behavior, unprotected sex, maybe bad things happen to them, maybe they should pay higher premiums. That is a radical thought, isn't it?" - Congressman Steve Buyer of Indiana
And here you thought that the GOP was just plum out of bad ideas. Leave it to the Republican Congressman Steve Buyer from Indiana's 4th Congressional District, who recently warned us on the dangers of smoking lettuce (no, that's not a typo), to offer up yet another spectacularly offensive and intrusive idea - higher health premiums for those who engage in unprotected sex. We could call it the "barebacker surtax". I'm not sure the Congressman has thought this idea through. Wouldn't this raise health costs for those trying to having a baby?
From Roll Call:
The Indiana Republican floated his unlikely cash-for-sex proposal Thursday during the markup of the health care bill in the Energy and Commerce Committee. Under the plan Buyer posited, those who engage in risky behavior, like smoking, not exercising and (ding, ding!) having unprotected sex, should have to pay a premium for their health care. After all, the reasoning goes, those people are more likely to incur higher health care costs than cigarette-eschewing, condom-wearing gym bunnies.
Why is it that GOP is so obsessed about what happens in our bedrooms? I have to ask just how does the Congressman think such a provision would get enforced?