Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Stupid Pet Tricks

Leave it to Florida to make more poor decisions. When do we expect a hurricane to rip that stay away from the union anyways? Apparently, Palm Beach Florida is completely ok with giving their Community College employees health care for their pets. That's touching, and it can get expensive, it's a nice move that I'd like to see more of in the country. That being said though, I don't think I support pets getting health care before their domestic partners.
The pets of Palm Beach Community College employees will qualify for discounted group medical insurance beginning in January, but domestic partners are still barred from receiving similar benefits.

School officials sent a memo last week explaining the new voluntary pet benefit available via payroll deduction through the private company Veterinary Pet Insurance.

Rand Hoch, president of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, said it is wrong for the college to put the medical needs of pets above those of the human loved ones of employees.

“The fact of the matter is puppies are covered, partners are not,” said Hoch, who sent a letter to PBCC President Dennis Gallon requesting the domestic partner plan be put before trustees again in January. “It’s the same benefit; neither costs the college a penny.”
Like CrooksNLiars said, if we had Universal health Care this wouldn't be an issue, everyone in this country could be taken care of. However the rich would lose money, least those involved in the insurance field. I don't see why it's so difficult to have universal health care. If we can spend a trillion on a war then we can definitely spend it on health care.

1 comment:

Dews said...

You know, its funny (and so very not at the same time), but this was the same argument that was being brough up during the "Take back Vermont" craze when Civil Unions were first passed by the Vermont Legislature (because of our activists Judges, not that they were wrong in this case, but that doesn't make them non-activists).

The argument became, where do you draw the line between who you can "claim" as your significant other. Could it be a family member, pet, or hell a corporation (they're people afterall right?).

Not to give that argument any validity, just funny to hear it resurfacing only on the side FOR pets and against same-sex couples.