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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:06 PM
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Health Insurers Consider A Caesarean-Section Pregnancy A Pre-Existing Condition
Earlier this week, the Huffington Posts Ryan Grim reported on the fact that in seven states plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition. The insurance industry figures that if you are in a marriage with someone who has beaten you in the past, youre more likely to get beaten again than the average person and are therefore more expensive to insure, but what it really does is punish these victims for something that wasnt their fault.

But that isnt the only policy that health insurers have that primarily discriminate against women. First of all, most individual health insurance markets dont cover maternity care. In fact, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, only 14 states have a requirement for such coverage, and the number of plans without maternity coverage continues to rise dramatically. Why? Anthem Blue Cross which has been actively fighting health care reform considers pregnancy optional and therefore not necessary to insure:

The point of insurance is to insure against catastrophic care costs. Thats what youre trying to aggregate and pool for such things as heart attacks and cancer, said an Anthem Blue Cross spokesman. Having a child is a matter of choice. Dealing with an adult onset illness, such as diabetes, heart disease breast or prostate cancer, is not a matter of choice.

Even Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) spoke an unintentional truth when he said of his parents: When they arrived in Baton Rouge, my mother was already four-and-a-half-months pregnant. I was what folks in the insurance industry now call a pre-existing condition.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/17/csection-preexistin...
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:12 PM
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1. It's about time Congress got rid of the pre-existing condition
health insurance companies have had their way for too long
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:16 PM
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2. They consider "breathing" a pre-existing condition.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:25 PM
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5. In fact, the only two options they consider are "Pre-exist and Post-exist"
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:17 PM
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3. Just wondering why the "pro-life" movement isn't up in arms over this.
One of the things the health insurance companies claim drives up costs are all the state care mandates that force them to cover certain conditions. If these mandates are examined most of them are for conditions that are unique to or more common to women or children.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:24 PM
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4. You expect sane reaction from Pro-Life activists? Naaaaaaaaa!
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:27 PM
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6. News flash: Hangnails are preexisting conditions.
As are hiccups.
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