The US Supreme Court ruled today that employers may elect to disallow their health insurers from providing coverage to women for contraception.

If, for a moment, you can look past how obviously discriminatory that stance is, you will see an even dumber problem that is so deeply rooted in the American tradition that it’s not even discussed in the article. Why are employers involved at all in health care? In this country, your employment status and choice of employer have a wide-reaching impact on your health, now and in the future.

Postscript: it was an insanely shortsighted idea to allow people to call the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare,” as the Times does in the URL to this news story.