A Fox News medical expert on Tuesday argued that President Barack Obamaâ€™s administration was wrong to force gender equality for health insurance rates because men â€śonly have the prostate,â€ť while women â€śhave the breasts, they have the ovaries.â€ť
â€śLook, itâ€™s not bias, Iâ€™m not saying this as a man,â€ť Fox News Medical A-Team contributor Dr. David Samadi told the hosts of Fox & Friends. â€śThey go through a lot of preventive screenings, they give birth, they have the whole mammogram, the Pap smear. Guys, we donâ€™t like to go to doctors, right? Seventy percent of health care decisions are made by women. In my own practice, I see itâ€™s the women who bring the guys, who say, go get screened.â€ť
â€śYeah, but shouldnâ€™t that earn us a discount?â€ť Fox News host Gretchen Carlson interrupted. â€śBasic 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 menâ€™s, who donâ€™t go to the doctor until itâ€™s a crisis and a big deal.â€ť
â€śIn this case, itâ€™s not equal,â€ť co-host Brian Kilmeade agreed. â€śYou have a better time on Earth than we do, youâ€™re here a lot more. You have six years of heaven, where you just have no men around.â€ť
Carlson pointed out that women were blamed for maternity costs, â€śbut men and women have babies together.â€ť
â€śI agree with you that itâ€™s a shared responsibility,â€ť Samadi said. â€śBut 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€ť
â€ś1-800-GOD, can we change the organs of a woman so that she doesnâ€™t cost so much?â€ť Carlson joked.
In a column for Time last week, Hadley Heath also made the case that women should pay more for health care.