A Fox News medical expert on Tuesday argued that President Barack Obama‚Äôs administration was wrong to force gender equality for health insurance rates because men ‚Äúonly have the prostate,‚ÄĚ while women ‚Äúhave the breasts, they have the ovaries.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúLook, it‚Äôs not bias, I‚Äôm not saying this as a man,‚ÄĚ Fox News Medical A-Team contributor Dr. David Samadi told the hosts of Fox & Friends. ‚ÄúThey go through a lot of preventive screenings, they give birth, they have the whole mammogram, the Pap smear. Guys, we don‚Äôt like to go to doctors, right? Seventy percent of health care decisions are made by women. In my own practice, I see it‚Äôs the women who bring the guys, who say, go get screened.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYeah, but shouldn‚Äôt that earn us a discount?‚ÄĚ Fox News host Gretchen Carlson interrupted. ‚ÄúBasic fact that we are responsible for getting our men to come to the doctor? And what about the fact that women, because they do all this preventative care, maybe their health issues end up costing less than men‚Äôs, who don‚Äôt go to the doctor until it‚Äôs a crisis and a big deal.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIn this case, it‚Äôs not equal,‚ÄĚ co-host Brian Kilmeade agreed. ‚ÄúYou have a better time on Earth than we do, you‚Äôre here a lot more. You have six years of heaven, where you just have no men around.‚ÄĚ
Carlson pointed out that women were blamed for maternity costs, ‚Äúbut men and women have babies together.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI agree with you that it‚Äôs a shared responsibility,‚ÄĚ Samadi said. ‚ÄúBut just the way the system are ‚ÄĒ in my field, we only have the prostate. Women have the breasts, they have the ovaries, they have the uterus. They get checked in every part.‚ÄĚ
‚Äú1-800-GOD, can we change the organs of a woman so that she doesn‚Äôt cost so much?‚ÄĚ Carlson joked.
In a column for Time last week, Hadley Heath also made the case that women should pay more for health care.