Due to some connections he has to groups and individuals that promote an ultra right-wing message, many people have expressed concerns about Keith Fimian’s views on social issues including the sale of contraceptives and abortions performed when the health of the mother is at risk. It should be noted that these concerns aren’t necessarily about the people he’s connected to, but they’re about his own individual views on the issues. It’s his views, after all, that would influence how he voted on particular issues if he was elected to Congress.
Since Keith has repeatedly emphasized his experience as a business executive when trying to explain why people should vote for him, it’s rather safe to say he believes the way he ran his business and treated his employees should give the public a good glimpse into his character. It turns out that looking into the policies Keith promoted also provide us with an idea of where he really stands on the issue of contraceptives and abortion.
In the health care plan offered to employees from the mid 1990's to about 2003 of US Inspect and InVision Technologies (the companies that Keith Fimian was CEO and Chairman of), it explicitly says that “oral contraceptive[s] used for birth control” were not covered. This is despite the fact that over twenty states have laws that basically say oral contraceptives have to be covered if the plan covers other prescriptions or outpatient procedures.
Looking through the policy I also found an addendum that informed employees abortions would not be covered, “including those performed when the covered person’s health is in permanent jeopardy.” This was sent out in an addendum in order to overturn the original policy which means that this wasn’t just an oversight but that the leadership took direct action to make sure a potentially life-saving operation wasn’t covered. Under Fimian’s leadership, in other words, the health insurance his employees received would not cover a certain operation even if their life was at risk. Not including abortions as a means of birth control would be understandable, but this type of leadership goes well beyond simply being anti-choice.
The health care policy that was offered to Fimian’s employees is relevant to this election for several reasons. Perhaps the most obvious is that his values can be found through the way he ran the company. In this circumstance, his company provided a health care policy that took an extra step to make sure that abortions wouldn’t be covered even if the woman’s life was in danger. If that is the way his leadership skills and social values related to providing employee benefits, one has to wonder how they would affect his decisions in Congress. It also provides us with a potential reason behind why he refuses to address many social issues, including those he could potentially have to vote on during his time in office.
Fimian speaks about how he wants his business experience to speak for itself. On this issue it certainly does and shows that his leadership results in extreme social positions preventing people from receiving potentially life saving medical procedures. Do we really want that type of leadership in Congress?
UPDATE: To see the relevant parts of plan click here here and here.