Thom Hartmann: On what grounds are health insurers charging women more than men?
Sam Bennett, The She Should Run Foundation, joins Thom Hartmann. Women are screwed - and I'm not just talking about the Republican war against women's contraceptive rights. A new report from the National Womenís Law Center reveals that health insurance companies are charging women in America an extra billion dollars annually, and it's just good old fashioned gender discrimination. The report finds that the practice of for-profit health insurers charging women more than men for identical coverage is widespread - and states are doing little to stop the rip-off. In the states that donít ban health insurance gender discrimination, 92% of the best-selling plans charge women more than men. Again - they charge women roughly a billion dollars more than men! So how is this blatant discrimination allowed to continue?
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I know this because the school district I worked for was self-insured. They turned down all national insurers because they wanted CONTROL. One of their questions that was sent to all employees was, "Do you or your spouse intend to get pregnant?" What kind of a questions is that? Even for MALE employees? I guess they tried to make it legal by asking men too?