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Well, this explains it all

Interesting piece in the LA Times – no, really – about a provision in the health care bill that might forbid insurance companies from discriminating against “religious and spiritual healthcare.” That’s nice ‘n’ specific, eh? I give it a year before someone sues to have voodoo included in the benefit package.

Here’s the part that may sum up the problems we face:

Kerry’s spokeswoman, Whitney Smith, disputed that insurers would be forced to cover prayer. Instead, she said, “the amendment would prevent insurers from discriminating against benefits that qualify as spiritual care if the care is recognized by the IRS as a legitimate medical expense.”

The tax department, the church, and the medical profession together at last – with the first determining the legitimacy of the other two.

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