FAKE NEWS: No, The Republican Health Care Bill Didn’t Just Make Rape A Pre-Existing Condition
These are all real headlines from mainstream media outlets: New York Magazine, Huffington Post, The Independent (UK), CNN.
They’re also nonsense.
Under the American Health Care Act, states have the ability to opt-out of federal regulations requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. Naturally, the left immediately conjured up images of people injured in the most horrifying possible way — rape — and then suggested that the bill would suddenly leave rape victims adrift. Here’s New York Magazine: “Under Obamacare, pre-existing conditions were guaranteed to receive coverage — among them, sexual assault. The American Health Care Act is going to change that. …In addition to rape, postpartum depression, cesarean sections, and surviving domestic violence are all considered pre-existing conditions.”
So, let’s parse this. According to the leftist media, if you suffer an injury in a terrible situation, the situation itself is now a pre-existing condition. In other words, these headlines could just have easily read, “In Trump’s America, Car Crashes Are Pre-Existing Conditions,” or “Under The New Health Care Bill, Soccer Accidents Could Be A Pre-Existing Condition.” The bill itself says that pre-existing conditions are pre-existing conditions. Nowhere does it give a list of pre-existing conditions including “rape” or “sexual assault,” because these are activities leading to injury, not actual injuries.
The leftist case here is idiotic. Events are not “pre-existing conditions.” Injuries that occur as a result of events, if they occur before you attempt to buy insurance, are definitionally pre-existing conditions. Duh.
But the debate has now been so skewed that we think the government can magically have health insurance cover rape — which doesn’t even make sense. If no injury occurred requiring medical attention due to a rape, what would the insurance company do to cover it? Pray? Hunt down rapists?
Yet the people who believe that government can protect you from all ills, and apparently send insurance adjusters into the streets Charles Bronson-style to prevent rape, are out in force today:
Under new religious liberty act, hospitals can deny rape victims emergency contraception. Under AHCA, rape will be a pre-existing condition— Katie Hnida (@KatieHnida) May 4, 2017
New version of AHCA wants to punish both special ed families and rape victims. Good luck in 2018, boys.— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) May 4, 2017
This argument is the equivalent of saying that Obamacare sought to hurt rape victims by throwing people off their individual insurance plans. Obamacare may well have thrown people off their individual insurance plans, but it wasn’t because they were rape victims.
Come on, people.