With No ACA Gender Discrimination Will Become The Norm, Again

With a ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act expected as early as tomorrow, ThinkProgress offers this map that shows the disparities by gender in health care coverage that will persist should the court overturn the law.

At least twenty-two states will not offer coverage of contraception to women on the same basis that is offered to men. In most other circumstances that practice is called gender discrimination, but in the health insurance industry it’s called profit- motive. Insurance companies will charge women more for a necessary service because they can, plain and simple.

But this is a reality that we must prepare for, even in the short-term. Republicans have made it clear they intend to protect the health insurance industry at all costs, even when that literally means the lives of Americans. Contraceptive coverage is not the only disparity we will see either–should the law fall we can expect a return to lifetime caps, pre-existing coverage discrimination and insurance companies forcing young people off their parents insurance regardless if they are employed or not.

Hopefully the court follows the jurisprudence and upholds the Affordable Care Act, but if it doesn’t, then progressives must work with other allies to pressure the insurance industry to keep these provisions while we work for another solution. We know the answer from the GOP: you are on your own and at the mercy of a for-profit health care system.

For the rest of us, that is simply not a sustainable option.

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61 comments

Angela N.
Angela N.4 years ago

thank you

Ken W.
Ken W.4 years ago

The gop is evil as anyone can see !!!!!

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Brenda-Don't you realize your healthcare in Britain is "horrible." The right wing here in America has been telling us about it for years. Yeah they are obviously experts in just how "horrid" the healthcare in the UK is so obviously you, as a resident of the UK, must be mistaken.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

I am so glad I live in the U.K. , with it's National Health Service.

Neil A.
Neil A.4 years ago

How do the greedy GOP manage to be SO misogynist, women you just have to reject these creeps!

Kathryn Terhune Cotton

It's difficult to understand exactly why the republican party wants so desperately to shove women back into the closet. Well, maybe it isn't. If women were to come to enough power, then I suppose republicans would become and endangered species (that I would not object to!). Any woman who votes republican is a traitor to her gender.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks.

Stephanie Hungerford

I really hope that I can maintain my coverage and I really do think everyone needs health care at some point in their life. That said some many can not afford to get the care they need for basic illnesses like high blood pressure

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Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Wesley-Very true!