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When Getting Beaten By Your Husband Is a Pre-Existing Condition | Reproductive Justice and Gender | AlterNet

With the White House zeroing in on the insurance-industry practice of discriminating against clients based on pre-existing conditions, administration allies are calling attention to how broadly insurers interpret the term to maximize profits.

It turns out that in eight states, plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition.

Under the cold logic of the insurance industry, it makes perfect sense: If you are in a marriage with someone who has beaten you in the past, you're more likely to get beaten again than the average person and are therefore more expensive to insure.

In human terms, it's a second punishment for a victim of domestic violence.


Just found this AlterNet article...I posted the shorter article from the Service Employees International Union at my Daily R-r-r-ibbit blog about an hour ago.

This is pretty outrageous.