Friday, October 31, 2008

Women charged more for health insurance?

by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

Very frightening article in the New York Times today about yet another failure of our healthcare system. Apparently women are being charged more for identical health insurance. Although providers claim that this is because women utilize healthcare more frequently (what??), "representative Xavier Becerra, Democrat of California, said that 'if men could have kids,' such disparities would probably not exist."

The article is here. It blows my mind that this country is finding yet more ways to throw women into poverty.


At October 31, 2008 at 8:47 PM , Blogger PeterW said...

Fairness does not mean equality of outcome. If women consume more healthcare (and being more openminded than the author, I do not dismiss this claim with a snort of derision) then they ought to pay more. This is called the free market, and accurate and fair pricing (if it were to occur) would be a triumph, not a failure, of the healthcare system in America.

I am amused that instead of facing the facts on the ground, Mr. Becerra would prefer to reverse the laws of biology. That's efficient government.


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