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With No ACA Gender Discrimination Will Become The Norm, Again

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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1:38PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

thank you

11:31AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

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

4:49PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Interesting.

1:28PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

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.

1:03PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

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

1:38AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

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

1:20AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

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.

5:11PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Thanks.

4:48PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

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

4:18PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

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