Tomorrow at my office, I and other members of the “Senior Staff” must present some cost cutting measures for consideration by the President and CEO. I’ve been worrying about this for more than a month. Me, I’m more into spending than cost cutting, and I just didn’t have any really good ideas for how a small business like ours could, well, save money.
But then, to quote John Lennon, “I read the news today, oh boy.” And I know just exactly how we will be saving loads of money. Can you guess how?
We can save sh*tloads of cash on health insurance in the not too distant future. How?
Yup, you guessed it! I’m counting on the Republicans in Congress continuing to be so completely, bafflingly, inexplicably bizarre. I’m betting that the Amendment proposed by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) to the Affordable Healthcare Act will become law. You read about it, didn’t you? It would allow any employer to “opt out” of offering insurance coverage to their employees if they object to coverage for religious or moral grounds.
When it becomes law, PRESTO! My company will save a fortune. I am a magician! I will save the company. I will be promoted! I will make big buckaroooooooooooossssss! I will be rewarded! At least I’ll keep my job.
Cue the evil laugh. Mooaahhhhhhhaaaahaaaaaaa.
Now there aren’t many of us at my little company. In fact I think we may all actually be “Senior Staff,” so I will need to present this carefully. Or mumble.
And, well, there aren’t too many health issues to speak of among our 22 employees. The usual flu, cold, allergies. Nothing particularly juicy. Nothing even remotely immoral. Nothing even borderline. Besides, what could we possibly object to on both moral and religious grounds that hasn’t already been taken care of by those busy beavers at the Virginia State Legislature?
Clearly, I had to dig deeper. I had to look to find what everyone has in common. And I figured it out!
We will deny health insurance coverage to anyone who poops.
We will do it on moral AND religious grounds.
Yup, poop. Nobody likes poop – that’s why we flush it away, why we bury it, why we hide behind doors to do it. I’ll save us a fortune in premiums.
As the self-proclaimed new insurance representative of my company, I hereby proclaim:
We oppose poop on moral grounds.
We oppose poop on religious grounds.
(Opposing poop on religious grounds would be easier if only I could remember which religion has the caste system – you know, where only the lowest caste deals with poop. Whatever religion that may be. I’m sure it’s mentioned in the Constitution. (It’s probably somewhere in the 2nd Amendment.)
Soon, my company won’t have to cover anybody; we’ll save a bloomin’ fortune.
But somehow, I will have to figure out how I can get insurance that covers me, because, you see, I have some healthcare issues, and I want to keep MY coverage.
I know!! My coverage can be special; because my poop don’t stink. Just like that of the folks proposing this Amendment. Right?