Supreme Court Opens Door to Broad Discrimination
All Americans should be concerned about the precedent this sets. Is this a green light to insurance companies to, willy-nilly, severely limit benefits paid for certain diseases, while not capping others (even though such chronic conditions may be held to be disabilities)? Kidney conditions, diabetes, certain cancers, and neuro-muscular disorders particularly come to mind. Potentially millions of people may find their access to private care cut off.
All taxpayers should be concerned as well. The costs of care don't go down just because a patient doesn't have insurance; the cost just shifts to the local public system instead of the enormous private insurance economy. John and Jane Citizen then get to pick up the tab.
The economics of HIV/AIDS care are well-known today, and any insurance company should be able to plan - and charge - accordingly. Discrimination against HIV-infected people should not be permitted to continue.