Funny that in the same week Sen. Joe Biden got unwanted attention for his “good make-up job” on national television, Congress moved decisively to make mental health services too expensive for the poor, vulnerable masses they keep speechifying about.
That’s what they did when they added a mental health parity mandate for health insurance policies to the banking bailout bill. And it just so happens that the proof is in the pudding Sen. Biden emphatically denies having injected into his forehead. Congress has yet to mandate that health insurers cover nip-and-tuck procedures and the lack of government involvement has contributed greatly to the fact that such procedures are scarcely more expensive than they were before Sen. Biden developed all those wrinkles.
It’s the lack of major medical insurance coverage that has kept plastic surgery costs down. Not that that will stop Senators Obama and Biden from complaining next year about free market greed running up the costs of mental healthcare.
By the way, the term “crazy check” is not meant to offend anyone seeking mental health services. In Eastern Kentucky, that’s what they call welfare — another program whose well-intended fans have to play fast-and-loose with reality in order to get their way.