My brother was tweeting a few things about the healthcare mandate in Obamacare that says insurers can’t charge women more than men for the same coverage. I wanted to respond but 140 character is just too small of a space to hold everything I have to say about the topic.
Equal rights for everybody is very un-American? Our country has a long history of equal rights for minorities.
On the social engineering remark, our country has had 200+ years of social engineering slanted for the benefit of white men. I don’t think you can just flip a switch one day, declare that everybody is equal and call it good. If there’s any doubt about that, just look at how women are still paid less than men for the same jobs… and that’s with the affirmative action pieces in place. I don’t think that gets any better if you drop the affirmative action policies in our country.
In order to counter act the social forces of race and gender, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with bringing some other groups up for a while.
Even if this is true:
Insurers said they charged women more than men because claims showed that women ages 19 to 55 tended to use more health care services. They are more likely to visit doctors, to get regular checkups, to take prescription drugs and to have certain chronic illnesses.
Even if this is true, what’s wrong with normalizing the costs between all people, regardless of gender? That’s the basic goal of insurance isn’t it? The healthy people pay in their affordable monthly premiums to pay for the costs of the sick?
I promise though, the insurance companies are going to be just fine. Men might have to pay a little more to meet women in the middle but I’m personally OK with that.