Monday, August 17, 2009

Discrimination, really?

Liberals use of the term "discrimination" in the health care debate is disingenuous to say the least. They use the word in an attempt to paint perfectly rational business decisions in ominous moral overtones. As if "discriminating" against pre-existing conditions is the same as racial discrimination. If that were the case we should be outraged that insurance companies "discriminate" against people who want homeowners insurance after their house has burned down.

A rather ironic example from the White House's website for fact checking:
...eliminate discrimination in purchasing health insurance so families won't be turned down if a parent or child has a pre-existing disability or other health condition.
Paul Krugman in today's New York Times:
...insurers can’t discriminate based on medical history or pre-existing conditions...


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