Reuters reports that people are dying of new viruses in Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. Which is to say, the next round of contagion, this time in the real world, could be just an airplane-ride away. Meanwhile, the state of Connecticut is pushing forward on a different cause--it is mandating that health insurers pay for gender-reassignment. The Hartford Courant reports:
The Connecticut Insurance Department is directing all health insurance companies operating in the state to provide coverage of mental health counseling, hormone therapy, surgery and other treatments related to a patient's gender transition.
Such mandates could have something to do with higher "healthcare" costs. That is, if governments are continue to pile more mandates on the insurance system, of course costs will go up. So much for "bending the curve." People should be free to choose their own destiny, but it's not so obvious that the rest of us should pay for it.
At the very minimum, we should be honest enough to admit that restraining the growth of healthcare costs if not going to be possible if the government continues to unconstrain healthcare costs.
Meanwhile, people are dying.