On Tuesday, a medical expert said on Fox News that the Affordable Care Act was wrong to force gender equality in healthcare rates because women live longer than men and their boobs and ovaries take way more preventative care than the bodies of men. Instead, women should just pay more for health insurance than men.
In other words, being female is a “pre-existing condition” for which patients should be financially penalized.
This was the logic before the Affordable Care Act (aka the ACA, aka Obamacare) went into effect. Women paid higher health insurance rates as the default.
Thanks to the ACA, women no longer have to pay more for health insurance than men. To over-simplify, being a woman is no longer considered a “pre-existing condition” for which health insurance providers can penalize you. Before the ACA, women quite regularly had higher health insurance premiums than men because, well… boobs?
According to Dr. David Samadi at Fox News, that’s pretty much exactly why. Apparently, the double-whammy of possessing ovaries and breasts (which require lots of preventative care to avoid things like cancer, cysts, and pregnancy) combined with the statistic that women on average live longer than men (and therefore account for more of those senior citizens sucking our tax dollars dry) leads to the obvious conclusion that women, as a gender, should pay more for their health insurance than their male counterparts.
In the Fox News segment, reporter (and life-long female human being) Gretchen Carlson argued that even though women go through pregnancy and childbirth, they shouldn’t be the ones to pay higher insurance costs for that eventuality. Rather, they should share that cost with the men who got them pregnant. This argument—as well as her point that men wouldn’t go to the doctor often enough if women didn’t take them… or something—was shot down by Dr. David Samadi and Keith Ablow.
Personally, I think men should pay higher health insurance premiums because a) testicles, b) prostates, and c) men are always engaging in high-risk activities like riding dirt bikes, getting into bar fights, joining the army, and driving fast cars, all of which makes them at higher risk of debilitating accidents and broken bones.
But wait! I just generalized the health and activities of an entire gender based on stereotypes and potential health risks!
I know. Irritating, isn’t it?