A Fox News medical expert on Tuesday argued that President Barack Obamaâs administration was wrong to force gender equality for health insurance rates because men âonly have the prostate,â while women âhave the breasts, they have the ovaries.â
âLook, itâs not bias, Iâm not saying this as a man,â Fox News Medical A-Team contributor Dr. David Samadi told the hosts of Fox & Friends. âThey go through a lot of preventive screenings, they give birth, they have the whole mammogram, the Pap smear. Guys, we donât like to go to doctors, right? Seventy percent of health care decisions are made by women. In my own practice, I see itâs the women who bring the guys, who say, go get screened.â
âYeah, but shouldnât that earn us a discount?â Fox News host Gretchen Carlson interrupted. âBasic 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 menâs, who donât go to the doctor until itâs a crisis and a big deal.â
âIn this case, itâs not equal,â co-host Brian Kilmeade agreed. âYou have a better time on Earth than we do, youâre here a lot more. You have six years of heaven, where you just have no men around.â
Carlson pointed out that women were blamed for maternity costs, âbut men and women have babies together.â
âI agree with you that itâs a shared responsibility,â Samadi said. âBut just the way the system are â 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.â
â1-800-GOD, can we change the organs of a woman so that she doesnât cost so much?â Carlson joked.
In a column for Time last week, Hadley Heath also made the case that women should pay more for health care.