Being a woman is a pre-existing condition

In the debate in the House of Representatives, Dallas congressman Pete Sessions compared women to smokers. He said that they should pay more because they get pregnant. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said that being a woman is treated as a pre-existing condition by insurance companies.

She said insurance companies have used domestic violence as a pre-existing condition to deny coverage to women. Insurance companies denied coverage to women for rape, previous pregnancies and a c-section under the guise of pre-existing conditions. During the House debate, Republicans shouted down congresswomen discussing the problem of treating being a woman as a pre-existing condition.

So the only conclusion I can make from this is that these congressional Republicans welcome the decision of the Fort Worth city council last night to extend transgender health benefits. Now, being a woman in Fort Worth is a choice. With surgery, female Fort Worth city employees no longer need to remain women.

They can all become men and rid themselves of their pre-existing condition and the rest of them can just pay higher premiums. Heterosexual men can continue to beat up their wives and those women can be refused treatment because of their pre-existing condition. Rapists can attack women and why should we pay for their care? It’s a pre-existing condition. And what about breast cancer? A woman has 1000 times the chance of contracting. So, no need to object, object, object as in the video. Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition.

— David Taffet

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—  Dallasvoice

El Paso County backs away from offering DP benefits 3 weeks after city approved them

Domestic partner benefits have been a hot issue in the Sun City of late.

Less than three weeks after the El Paso City Council voted to extend domestic partner benefits to employees, the El Paso County Commissioners Court on Monday backed away from a similar proposal.

The County Commissioners Court voted 3-2 against a plan to study the possibility of offering benefits to unmarried partners of county workers, according to The El Paso Times. And just like during recent City Council meetings, it appears the local bigots were out in force. From KFOX 14:

[Pastor] Brown, of Word Of Life Church, has battled the city, and now the county, on providing health benefits for domestic partners. He said it is not a civil rights issue.

“They don’t become more or less African-American or a woman based on nurturing or an environment, but homosexuals, they are not born that way,” Brown told KFOX.

The City Council could finalize its recently approved plan to offer DP benefits as early as next week. Equality Texas has an action alert on its Web site urging people to ask El Paso city council members to continue to support DP benefits. It’s not surprising that the city would approve the plan and the county wouldn’t, given that county commissioners have more rural, conservative constituencies. As you may or may not be aware, the city of Dallas has both a gay-inclusive nondiscrimination policy and domestic partner benefits, while Dallas County has neither.нужно поисковое продвижение сайта

—  John Wright