why are we still arguing about this?

the longer the health care debate goes on, the more evidence comes out for why we need a public option. 

first up, from HuffPo, it turns out rape is a pre-existing condition:

Christina Turner feared that she might have been sexually assaulted after two men slipped her a knockout drug. She thought she was taking proper precautions when her doctor prescribed a month’s worth of anti-AIDS medicine.

Only later did she learn that she had made herself all but uninsurable.

Turner, 45, who used to be a health insurance underwriter herself, said the insurance companies examined her health records. Even after she explained the assault, the insurers would not sell her a policy because the HIV medication raised too many health questions. They told her they might reconsider in three or more years if she could prove that she was still AIDS-free.

and then, from NPR, old white men don’t think that they should have to pay for maternity coverage, among other outrages:

Republicans like Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, who during a recent hearing asked why he should pay for a plan that covered maternity care when he didn’t need it, have helped fuel the fight over whether women — during child-bearing years and into their 50s — can legally be charged more than their male contemporaries for the same health insurance policy.

Not only are women charged higher premiums for individual coverage during their child-bearing years, but they also are typically required to purchase expensive riders for maternity coverage.

And there is a body of evidence that shows women have been denied coverage by insurance companies citing “pre-existing conditions” that range from having previously given birth by cesarean section to having been a victim of domestic abuse.

At the recent Senate hearing, led by Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Peggy Robertson, a Colorado mother of two, testified that she was rejected by an insurance company that determined her previous cesarean constituted a pre-existing condition. Delivering a baby by surgical procedure increases a woman’s chances of needing it again in future pregnancies.

The Golden Rule Insurance Co. told Robertson, 39, that if she had been sterilized, the coverage would have been hers. (Read part of a letter the insurer sent her.) Her story is now being featured in ads by the liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change.

clearly, the only reason the health care industry even has a leg to stand on at this point is the shit ton of money they’re pumping into our elected officials.

  1. fauxpopuli said:

    Yeah, yknow, I’d be interested to see what kind of responses you get if you went around asking the average person-on-the-street type what insurance companies even do. “They take my money and use it to pay for my medical care!” Um, well, close. Actually they take your money, invest it, give you as little care as possible, pay salaries and pocket the rest. Hurray for capitalism.

    “Republicans like Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, who during a recent hearing asked why he should pay for a plan that covered maternity care when he didn’t need it”

    Still having trouble with the basics of how health insurance works I see. Why should I have to pay for Viagra when I’m perfectly virile and lack married subordinates, sir?

  2. fauxpopuli said:

    On second thought I think I mixed up who the banging-his-staffers-wife guy was, but whatever. Old white guys from shitty desert states all run together eventually.

  3. slimlove said:

    if you read the NPR article, you’ll see that a female senator snapped back at Kyl’s comment with “well I’m sure your mother did at some point.”

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