Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dangerous Leadership Displayed By Keith Fimian Regarding Company Health Insurance

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.

8 comments:

  1. This guy is so far to the right he makes Jeff Frederick look like a moderate. Anyone who would impose their extreme right-wing views on their employees like that should even be remotely considered a good candidate for Congress. The Republicans should be ashamed this is the best they could do.

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  2. Funny thing is you probably wouldn't have even found this if he hadn't based his entire campaign on his experience as a business executive. Now it makes it even worse because it proves that he makes poor decisions as an executive AND tries to impose his views on other people.

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  3. Pro Life CommenterOctober 16, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    I consider myself to be a pro-life Independent but I also find it to be absolutely horrible that Fimian would go to such an extreme to impose his beliefs on his employees. Someone needs to tell him that being pro-life also means protecting the lives of people who are currently alive.

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  4. I'm glad we see how poorly Fimian ran his business, so we have the foresight to see how horrible he would be as a Congressman. Imposing his beliefs on his employees is downright awful. Did he forget about what makes this country great, that little thing called freedom?

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  5. Delegate Bob MarshallOctober 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Women who have had heart transplants have had successful conventional deliveries.

    Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who presided over 60,000 abortions in New York, told me and has publically stated that in the US abortions to save the life of the mother, are not medically indicated.

    GO to the web site for the US National LIbrary of Medicine and search the PubMed files for yourself.

    SO your points are not well founded in medical practice een though they may mae political hay with the ignorant.

    Read the Doe vs Bolton companion decision to Roe vs. Wade in 1973 to see how expansive the term "health" is.

    Warren Hearn, a doctor I used to work with in the same federal agency in 1973 and a late term abortionists in Boulder, Colorado has written that he can justify an abortion for the alleged life of the mother for ANY PREGNANCY. Hear wrote in a Planned Parenthood publication that pregnancy is a type of sexually transmitted disease disease which can be "successfully treated" by abortion.

    If you don't mind killing a child who can't fight back, you sure can finesse medical reasons for an abortion.

    Real docrtors heal, they do not kill.

    And lest you forget, all employers select the coverage for their employees, this is nothing new.

    Delegate Bob Marshall

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  6. Del. Marshall, I appreciate you taking the time to comment here. I think there are people on both sides of this debate who can be singled out as an example of an extreme and don't fall in line with mainstream America. However, that still doesn't excuse the fact that Keith Fimian's company still wouldn't cover a procedure that would save the life of a mother.

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  7. It's just a LIE to say that abortion is never needed to save the life of the mother. Here's the blog of someone who has been very courageous in telling her story:

    http://www.uppercasewoman.com/wastedbirthcontrol/

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  8. Ok, I wound up having an argument about this with one of my neighbors at our homeowners' association meeting... does anyone have data on whether insurance plans that don't cover abortion usually have "health and safety" exceptions? I can't find it on the web.

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