I Don’t Have Kids, But I’m Forced To Buy Pediatric Dental Insurance

Good news, readers. I now have pediatric dental insurance. I don’t have kids, I have a dog.  I’m not responsible for the teeth of any children at all, but I’ve got the insurance now just in case. I don’t need pediatric dental insurance, I didn’t know I wanted pediatric dental insurance, but Obama thinks I do, so I must now buy it.  

That’s right. I got a call from my health insurance company to discuss changes to my plans due to Obamacare. One of those changes was the addition of pediatric dental insurance. I naively explained that I don’t have children, as though that might make a difference, and was told that it didn’t matter. Whether or not I have children, whether or not they have teeth, and whether or not I wanted dental care for said teeth if they existed is not relevant in today’s America. The government says I need pediatric dental care, so I am now paying for pediatric dental care. 

It’s not expensive. In fact, it’s a negligible amount of money. However, it’s a negligible amount of my money, and I’d like to spend it as I see fit. I had no say at all in the matter. It’s not as though the government can trust regular Americans to make their own decisions about useless coverage. My Dad likes to say that “a lot of a little is a lot,” and I have to assume that mine is not an usual story. How many people are being forced to pay a negligible amount? How much is being taken from Americans for health care they neither want nor need? You can bet it adds up to a significant amount of money. 

In the America of 2014, we have the government forcing men to purchase maternity coverage and people without children purchasing pediatric dental insurance. While I don’t have children,Virgil, my dog just had his first birthday, and he has teeth. Do you think they’d notice if I stuck him in the dental chair? I might as well get something for my money. 

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