Posted by Social Media Intern Michelle Auster
Dr. David Samadi, a Fox News Medical contributor, argued yet another reason for why men should have it easier when it comes to medical expenses this past Tuesday on Fox & Friends. According to Samadi:
Obama’s administration was wrong to force gender equality for health insurance rates because men “only have the prostate,” while women “have the breasts, they have the ovaries.” Raw Story
Right. Absolutely. Of course, how could women be so selfish as to demand equality under health insurance??!! Don’t they remember how many more medical procedures they require? After all, they’re the ones who have to give birth (because, apparently, nothing about pregnancy requires a man), and go through all those woman-y things which require medical attention.
Here’s our favorite quote:
“Look, it’s not bias, I’m not saying this as a man,” Samadi said. “[Women] go through a lot of preventive screenings, they give birth, they have the whole mammogram, the Pap smear. Guys, we don’t like to go to doctors, right?”
Because it’s such a dream for us to sit in the stirrups.
Fox News host Gretchen Carlson interrupted with the argument that women tend to seek more forms of preventative care which, in the long run, ends up costing the medical system less. There is a reason preventative care is effective, and it goes along with why women are encouraged (and recommended by most healthcare providers) to maintain regular appointments like pap smears and mammograms. And let’s remember here that women already have to pay for things not covered under health insurance like menstruation supplies (and tampons aren’t cheap).
The Fox & Friends segment continued after this point with Samadi countering, and co-host Brian Kilmeade jumping in:
“Yes, that’s a good point, except that, you know, women live longer,” Samadi asserted. “Women live until age 81 and men live only until 76. So, we’re using the health care system much less.”
“In this case, it’s not equal,” co-host Brian Kilmeade agreed. “You have a better time on Earth than we do, you’re here a lot more. You have six years of heaven, where you just have no men around.”
Well, Brian, if that were the case, we’d probably all be racing to get to heaven.
And while we’re at it, let’s bring attention again to our embarrassing gender wage gap, even under the Equal Pay Act. Emily Nemens has illustrated an important graphic depicting the wage gap among women of the United States.
If this is what women are expected to earn in comparison to men, how can we be expected to also pay more for our healthcare?
So in conclusion, you’re absolutely right, Samadi. We women are so sorry about our problematic boobs, ovaries, uteri, cervices, and our generally more advanced brains. But for now, I think we’d appreciate a little equality in healthcare.