One of the dangers of extending the reach of the federal government still further into healthcare is the way that it will enhance the ability of politicians to pursue their own particular hobby horses at taxpayer expense. We were given early warning of this when (as mentioned earlier
) Senators Hatch and Kerry attempted to ensure that Obamacare should cover Christian Science ‘prayer treatments’.
Now, it seems, there is this
A little-noticed provision of the health legislation has rescued federal support for a controversial form of sex education: teaching youths to remain virgins until marriage. The bill restores $250 million over five years for states to sponsor programs aimed at preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases by focusing exclusively on encouraging children and adolescents to avoid sex. The funding provides at least a partial reprieve for the approach, which faced losing all federal support under President Obama’s first two budgets.
Note that “exclusively”. There’s nothing wrong with teaching ‘abstinence’ within the context of a more general sex education course, but despite (to be fair) some recent data to the contrary, preaching it in isolation doesn’t seem to be particularly effective. Note too that once again Orrin Hatch appears to have been involved in throwing other people’s money away in pursuit of, well, let’s just call it a long shot.