Reporting from Washington – Backed by some of the most powerful members of the Senate, a little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer treatments as medical expenses.
The provision was inserted by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) with the support of Democratic Sens. John F. Kerry and the late Edward M. Kennedy, both of Massachusetts, home to the headquarters of the Church of Christ, Scientist.
The role of Kennedy & Kerry is explicable by the fact that the Church of Christ, Scientist is based out of Boston and has a large presence in New England. Christian Scientists have a demographic profile similar to Unitarian-Universalists, white & well educated. Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is a Christian Scientist. They’ve been getting exemptions for their weird beliefs for generations. Welcome to democracy!