Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Outrageous age discrimination

Here's something I got in an email this morning from the Care2 Petition Site:

Did you know that health insurance companies charge Americans aged 50 to 64 as much as 5 times what they charge younger Americans for the same coverage -- just because of age?

You might say it makes some amount of sense to charge older people more for health insurance. But the problem really lies in the 5 to 1 ratio. Federal research data shows that the average annual medical expenses for people 18 to 44 was $2,079, and for those 45 to 64, $4,866.

So if medical expenses are an average of only 2.3 times as much for as those for younger Americans, why are the 50- to 64-year-olds getting charged 5 times as much?

You can sign a petition about this right here.

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