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Women's health care more expensive than men's - Jackie Speier

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Published on Apr 18, 2012

On the whole women earn less than men for the exact same job, in fact compared to men women basically work free for 3.5 months of the year since we only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Here's something that's not free: health care for women. We pay $1 billion more a year in health insurance premiums than men. That's astounding and it's not because the fairer sex is less healthy than men. In the individual market, a woman, 40 years old, nonsmoking, in Kentucky, actually pays more for her health insurance than a 40-year-old man who does smoke. Even among 30-year-olds in Chicago, women are paying over 30% more for health insurance than men of the same age. In fact, a 40-year-old woman pays $1,200 more than a 40-year-old man for the exact same coverage. The fact is women are at the mercy -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. Ms. Speier: I yield back.

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