Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Outrageous is too weak a word

My dear friend Sally, who's a frequent reader of this blog, read my post below about the woman with breast cancer who had her insurance cancelled right before her surgery. Sally called my attention to another article entitled "The Insurance Industry's Heartless Logic: Getting Beaten by Your Husband Is an Excuse to Deny Coverage". Here's an excerpt:

It turns out that in eight states, plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition.

Under the cold logic of the insurance industry, it makes perfect sense: If you are in a marriage with someone who has beaten you in the past, you're more likely to get beaten again than the average person and are therefore more expensive to insure.

In human terms, it's a second punishment for a victim of domestic violence.

In 2006, Democrats tried to end the practice. An amendment introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), now a member of leadership, split the Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee 10-10. The tie meant that the measure failed.

All ten no votes were Republicans...

Un-freakin'-belieavable. Except that it's not.

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