Contradicting your own political beliefs for personal gain must be exhausting. Pat Powers got so worn out this week advocating government intrusion in health care that we heard nothing from him between Friday afternoon and this Sunday morning, when he has so far only posted his usual commentless Dear Leader press releases.
Pat’s last poor-wonderful-me post talked about how exhausted he was from lobbying for Senate Bill 190. The official title of SB 190 declares the bill’s intent to “clarify health coverage for applied behavior analysis, and to establish the Applied Behavior Analysis Provider Workgroup.” Permit me to channel the conservative South Dakota blogosphere to explain what that means:
- SB 190 forces private insurers to cover health services that free market forces have thus far said they should not.
- SB 190 fixes minimum amounts that insurers must pay to their policyholders instead of allowing customers to choose amounts of coverage that suit their medical and financial needs.
Now don’t get me wrong: Senate Bill 190 is a fine idea. While its sponsors were exclusively Republican, it represents a principle that I have advocated in my Democratic blogging for a decade: we have the right and obligation to check the free market with wise government intervention to help our neighbors.
However, if we were talking about any product other than health insurance, or any disease other than autism—or, heaven forbid, if we were talking about the Affordable Care Act, which has imposed a variety of mandates on private insurance for the general welfare—Pat Powers would would churning out press releases accusing legislators of Communism, un-Americanism, vegetarianism, and any other –ism he could nefarize into an attack on humane, community-minded policymakers.
But, just like last year, since we’re talking about a disease Pat cares about, policy, principle, and past blog performance go out the window, and politics becomes all about just getting what Pat wants.
Demonize opponents for proposing X, then do X to help yourself—I think Pat just epitomized the entire South Dakota Republican approach to politics. Well done, Pat. Well done.