Dark Humor in the MSD Scandal
For those who have a little background with the ins-and-outs of the situation, there was a good deal of dark humor in the responses of the Idaho Education Association, Blue Cross of Idaho and the Meridian School District.
During our news conference last week, I raised the issue of the teachers’ union involvement in developing this scheme. After all, the IEA staff coordinates collective bargaining across the state. We also know that the IEA is a large contributor to the Idaho Women’s Network – one of the most outspoken advocates of abortion-on-demand in the state. And then there is the simple reality that the IEA’s parent organization, the National Education Association, is a prime mover of the Abortion Lobby’s agenda across the country.
But the President of the IEA told the Idaho Statesman my suggestion they were involved in demanding abortion benefits in the teacher contract was “a scurrilous lie”.
It seems no one is sure how this outrageous thing came about.
And a spokesman for Blue Cross assured the public their arrangement was legal – despite the fact that Idaho law clearly prohibits group plans from offering a blanket abortion benefit. Apparently their reading of Idaho law is that groups covered by law can opt out upon someone’s decision to do so. I wonder if this kind of thing applies to regular people – say on the question of paying income taxes? I suppose not.
But seriously, we are going to have to somehow settle the question of whether this sort of arrangement is legal or not. Obviously the Idaho Legislature intended something to happen when it took all the time to pass a statute in the 1983 session.