If State Mandated Health Care Is Deemed Unconstitutional — Then How Can State Mandated Trans-Vaginal Ultrasounds BE Constitutional…?

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments pro and con concerning government mandated affordable health care.  They are not at the moment hearing any cases about state mandated trans-vaginal ultrasounds.  Both involve the government telling you what you are obligated to do with the health and welfare of your own body by way of a government mandate.  Both require by government mandate that the individual must pay.  If government mandated health care is potentially deemed unconstitutional, then what justification can there possibly be for state mandated trans-vaginal ultrasounds?  Common sense dictates if one is constitutional, so potentially is the other – and if one is unconstitutional, then so potentially is the other.   It’s a very simple equation – and I believe a sound one.  The question boils down to which way the conservative religious-right want it served to them?  Because they can’t have it both ways.

If conservatives think it’s OK for big government to shove a wide-radius, 10″ long electrified metallic cattle-prod up in-between a person’s legs against their will — and then force them to pay out of pocket for the indignity…  Then HOW in the next breath can they throw a body-block against single-payer state-mandated health insurance?   The parallels are obvious to anyone who takes the time to give it serious contemplation.  The main difference is the trans-vaginal ultrasounds are driven by misguided religious mythology — and health care reform is driven by a sense of humanity and the practical effort to take the financial burden off the state having to to carry payments for the uninsured who visit hospitals and emergency rooms…  Not to mention implementing merciful measures like abolishing insurance denials for preexisting conditions and other profit-motivated injustices instigated by wealthy insurance barons.  Obviously there should have been a universal health care option.  But there is no reason for a non-medically necessary trans-vaginal ultrasound.

The right-wing can’t have it both ways based on their own convoluted interpretation of ancient biblical texts that have no bearing on contemporary life or medical advances — ONLY to ignore the human rights accomplishments of the past century.  You’ll notice the bible (in both testaments) is ripe with troubling inconsistencies concerning human rights.  Example: Leviticus 25:45 “Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy and they shall be your possession they shall be your bondmen forever.”  Or this salacious tidbit:  Exodus 21:2 & 7 “If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.  And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.”  Hmmm, neither of these quotes (of which there were too MANY from which to choose) pass the common-sense morality smell-test.

The bible is also FULL of passages where the Lord sanctions parents killing children.  So much for anti-abortion logic:  Deuteronomy 21:18-21  “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town.  They shall say to the elders, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death.”  So, in other words, abortion is terrible, but the Lord sanctions painful, torturous death to a living child as A-OK if the child happens to be a lazy hormonal teenager who drank a little too much beer.  This, children of God is royally fucked-up.

I prefer this passage in Matthew 17:15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.”  I like that kid, if I had a kid, that’s what be what he’d be up to — apples not falling far from the Animal House.  Face it boys and girls, both testaments of the bible are comprised from centuries and centuries of oral-tradition neatly embellished along the way like ‘whisper down the barrel’ — some parts dropped — other things added with a pinch of human exaggeration.  After time, it all got written-down in a variety of languages, not all of which translate with the same meanings and inferences.  Before you know it, people in high places were editing religious texts to suit their own agenda while passing it off as the ‘Word of God.’  In no time at all, every freakin’ religion in the world (not just Christianity) became a twisted mess of contradictions — so much so, you can pick and choose any passage from any religious text — or part thereof — to justify nearly anything you like, whether or not it has any bearing on logic or common decency.

You know what makes sense both morally and fiscally?  Universal health coverage for all people as a human right, and not as a lucrative business that blackmails people merely trying to live in reasonably good health.  Matthew 10:8  “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those afflicted with leprosy, expel demons. You have received without paying, so give without asking payment.”  I was able to find biblical support repeatedly for universal health care, but not word-one about trans-vaginal ultrasounds.  Seems to me it makes logical moral sense not to pick and choose political definitions of morality based on archaic mythology and then impose it on others as arcane law.  I couldn’t find any biblical mention of frozen embryos but I’ll keep on looking…


12 thoughts on “If State Mandated Health Care Is Deemed Unconstitutional — Then How Can State Mandated Trans-Vaginal Ultrasounds BE Constitutional…?

  1. It certainly seems to me that your logic is flawless on this issue. Bottom line, on the “fiscally practica” side of the debate: those who do not want to buy health insurance OR pay the tax penalty, will sooner or later need health care. And then they will appear at the local hospital ER & the taxpayers will pick up the tab for this person’s health care. And the patient will still pay at least a portion, no matter how small, when they pay their taxes. Every other rich, industrialized, technologically advanced private enterprise country in the world has universal health care coverage (based largely on the very same line of reasoning you have put forth) & they have overall better health outcomes than we do while paying a fraction of their GDP for their health care plan than we do.

    • I found your reasoning on your blog about the mandate to be coherent and well stated. Too bad that the ones who need the information only get their information from Faux Snooze and their lies.

      • Somewhere I had an article about how many citations FOX News has received for disseminating, false, inaccurate or slanted information — along with not issuing retractions when they get something “wrong” – I wish I could find that article. I just have cleaned it out of my bookmarks accidentally.

  2. Hi Wanda – I appreciate your feedback, and it’s good to connect with a kindred spirit. I’m more of a techno dunderhead than you’d think. How do we connect our blogs with a link? I’m glad to do it, I just don’t know how…

  3. It’s scary people not only defend, but live their lives by this book. They just pick out one line to hide behind and exploit.

    • Do you enjoy the right of women to divorce their husband? Or how about hospitals and people actually taking care of the sick instead of abandoning them? Both of these (and many more) were revolutionary ideas in the world and they were introduced by Jesus Christ and implemented by the first Christians. So please read up on history before you judge our ideas. It’s easy to criticize the Old Testament, but remember that Jesus Christ himself rendered the whole Old Testament obsolete in four sentences in Matthew 22: 37-40 stating that two commandments is all you need from the Old Testament. Christians who justify themselves with passages from the Old Testament are misguided and people who criticize based on the Old Testament are using arguments that stopped mattering 2,000 years ago.

  4. Both the bible and the Qu’ran are pretty scary, violent books that add to the collective mental illness of the world dictating the sizes and shapes of stone for stoning people to death for issues that are frequently nobody’s business. You’re right, St. Ephanie it is scary.

  5. Loved your article. I think you need to check one of your scriptures…or maybe my Bible “New International Version Disciple’s Study Bible” is incorrect. Leviticus 20:13 in my Bible says: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” I don’t think this was the point you were making.

    • I found such a variety of interpretations of biblical quotes, from one bible to another it really is like reading a transcript of a game of whisper down the barrel…even within editions of the King James version. As for one may laying with another, that’s another example of who’s business is it? Leave people to make their own choices with their love lives. Its an example of how ancient tribes tried to increase their numbers to garner strength. Now there are 7 billion people in the world, facing an unsustainable projection of 10 billion by 2020. Homosexuality is the least of our problems. In fact it’s NOT a problem.

      • I think her point is more that she in nitpicking your citations rather than trying to castigate homosexuality. The text you used is, in fact Deuteronomy 21:18-21. The Leviticus 20:13 IS the passage that Westboro Baptist Church, Rick Perry, Pick Santorum et al use to try to justify their bigotry and stupidity, though, so, either way, just shows how poor a source of reference a faith based book can be. That is why I prefer science. And science has only two things they can be “bigoted” or judge harshly – willful ignorance and stupidity.

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