Thank Goodness Gender Rating Is Over So We Can Pay For Abortion Coverage

One of the great advantages to the passage of the Affordable Care Act was supposed to be the elimination of gender rating — the method through which insurers charged women more for health care relative to men on the assumption that women will use more health care services (cause, you know… we can get pregnant). In fact, on the individual market a woman is likely to be charged one and a half times as much as a man in the same physical condition.

Under the Affordable Care Act, being a woman is no longer considered a pre-existing condition, and women would no longer have to pay more than men for coverage.

Unless they want an abortion.

Thanks to the numerous states, such as Kansas, who are eliminating abortion coverage from insurance plans in an attempt to save people who are against abortion from “subsidizing” other women’s abortions (which is a false claim in any case), many people are now being offered the chance to get “abortion coverage” on the side for $7 a month.

Of course, a man isn’t going to need this side insurance.  Just a woman.  And all women should probably get it, after all, it’s just like having a spare tire — you never know when you might need it.

So, welcome back, gender rating.  It looks like we’re still going to have to pay more for insurance for being female whether we want to or not.

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  • leftcoaster

    The fact that it’s ONLY $7/month shows how absurd the requirement even is to begin with. For one thing, who the hell ever thinks ahead? The whole dilemma around the pregnancy issue is that very few women allow themselves to *believe* they will ever be in a position to require an abortion or otherwise deal with an unwanted pregnancy.


    This is so effing infuriating. Imagine if the whole system were set up as a cafeteria plan and if you neglected to check off “lung cancer treatment” because you don’t smoke, you are S.O.L.

    This country is just abominable anymore. Thanks for the story – it’s maddening but necessary coverage.

  • leftcoaster