I just came down to the office to confirm what I just heard upstairs. Word at the bar is that one of our congressmen, Anthony Weiner, is reintroducing his federal bill which will require medical insurance carriers to provide coverage for infertility.
My business partner, who spent a fortune trying to get his wife pregnant exclaimed, “Well, I guess I’m still a year late & a sperm short.”
My reaction was one of surprise.
"Do you think people would support such a law? Where does the something for nothing mentality end?
Upon googling and searching the SDMB for mentions of the bill (H.R. 2706 & 2774) I learned a couple of things:
According to a sketchy 1999 Poll by Bertarelli: “Most Americans Believe Health Coverage Should Include Infertility Treatment”
I’m sorry, I have several close friends who fought the expensive infertility battle (FTR: 2 “won” / 2 “lost” and adopted) but:
A. I don’t see why or where this should become another shared burden placed on society as a whole.
B. Where does the line (both financial & personal) get drawn?
– Will the mandated coverage come with a fair cap?
– What if the infertility is caused by drug abuse or an STD?
– What if the infertile couple isn’t financially or mentally capable of raising a child? Or, God forbid - Ugly? (kidding)
– The questions could go on for hours: adoption, cloning, frozen embryos, etc. etc.
I know I’m coming off insensitive. Even though I know (second hand) the frustrations and burdens placed on infertile couples, I just don’t see mandated coverage as being fair or equitable. I also know first hand the joy and elation that comes with having a child. I just don’t want to see people who are barely getting by financially being forced to subsidize infertility treatments for others.
I’m sure there are 100’s of conditions where coverage is mandated that would serve as both reasoned metaphors & compassionate arguments that would lend support such a law’s passage: but that still doesn’t make it palletable to me.
So what say you?
More feel good mandates coming down from on high?
Compassionate legislation that provides a societal helping hand to the less fortunate?