I think most of you regulars know that I am not a fan of big government. And that is an understatement. In the last two years, I have had a better look at the inside of government inefficiency and byzantine policies than ever before and it has done nothing to change my mind.
One such experience has been this third (fourth) pregnancy. When we moved and purchased private health insurance for our seminary time, we chose not to have maternity coverage. We had two beautiful children and were going to be avoiding pregnancy and maternity coverage would have almost doubled my premium which was pretty expensive for “just in case.” And then, surprise, we needed maternity coverage. So I am on pregnancy medicaid.
I am also of “advanced maternal age” this time around the pregnancy track and such a label comes with increased risk of . . . well, everything. There are some early non invasive screenings that most doctors recommend for women who are over 35, and they need to be done between 12 and 14 weeks into the pregnancy. My doctor in Georgia wouldn’t be your doctor if you didn’t do them, but the doctor here was very flexible and left it up to us.
Did we want the early screening or not? The thing is, that the only reason to screen so early is to catch a pregnancy within the “legal abortion” window if something is wrong. Everything the early screening detects will be detected later in other scans and tests and will be far more accurately diagnosed. So did we want the early screening or not? There is nothing morally or ethically wrong in the tests themselves. So did we want the early screening or not?
In the midst of this, my medicaid paperwork got all messed up and for two weeks I was assigned to the wrong provider, so my doctor couldn’t see me. The reason? I received my enrollment package two days after the deadline to enroll in a provider program. I called the “helpful” 800 number and was told that it wasn’t their problem. They fixed it, of course, but only after a two week waiting period and a series of duplicate phone calls.
So I’m scheduled to see my O.B. today at 13 1/2 weeks into my pregnancy – too late to schedule the early screenings, and with a big dilemma lifted from my shoulders. God used government inefficiency to make the call for me. Proof that God is sovereign even over gargantuan labyrinthine government programs that seem to take on a life of their own.