March 22 2010
IWF in the News: A New Pre-existing Condition
Carrie L. Lukas
Last night, Speaker Pelosi reiterated that passing the health-care legislation means that "Being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing medical condition." It's true that outlawing gender ratings will effectively shift women's health costs to men (which means young men will see their health-insurance premiums rise disproportionately). Yet the Senate bill makes being a single mom a new kind of pre-existing condition: Instead of higher insurance premiums, these women will have fewer employment opportunities. Congratulations Mrs. Speaker.