Women who sell out other women. From SEIU’s blog:
Women in Colorado who purchase insurance on the individual market currently pay up to 59 percent more than men for coverage that doesn’t even include maternity care. Now, a group of agents and insurance company representatives in their state are trying to keep it that way.
Justifying their stance on “gender rating” and maternity care, CSAHU spokesperson and lobbyist Cindy Sovine-Miller accused the Colorado legislators of being “[…] more about fairness than math.” Funny, that’s not what others say. “At our hearings this summer, the insurance industry provided no justifiable data or reason for their charging women from 9 percent to 50 percent more for the same policy,” wrote Democratic State Rep. Sue Schafer of Wheat Ridge. “Even men who smoke are charged less than women who do not smoke. Just being female is considered a pre-existing condition.”
Another Colorado group, the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado (PIIAC), doesn’t want to get all mucked up in the details. Instead, they’re justifying their position on “gender rating” with a lesson on anatomy:
“The bottom line is this,” said the group’s executive VP Barbara Fidler. “As crude as it sounds, we women are more costly relative to our health care. Our plumbing — I don’t mean to sound crude — the gender differences are clearly related to how we’re different… I’m not saying that it’s fair for women to be rated why they are. I think it’s just important to understand.”
Democrats who sell out their party…and women. From The Hill:
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) pledged on Tuesday morning to defeat healthcare reform legislation if his abortion amendment is taken out, saying 10 to 20 anti-abortion-rights Democrats would vote against a bill with weaker language.
“They’re not going to take it out,” Stupak said on “Fox and Friends,” referring to Senate Democrats. “If they do, healthcare will not move forward.”
Stupak’s amendment prohibits any insurance plan on a potential healthcare exchange from accepting federal subsidies if it covers abortion. Pro-abortion-rights lawmakers say that language is too broad and would drastically reduce access to abortion.