Recently, I talked to women about what it was like to be pregnant and uninsured. Shortly after my story was published, Reyhan Harmanci, an editor over at Topic, mentioned that she was billed a little over $6,000 for services rendered during her hospital stay. The bills were in her recently delivered infant’s name:
Today, the Trump administration proposed new rules for short-term insurance plans. It’s a move that would allow insurance companies to offer shoddy, cryptic coverage, for years at a time, to populations desperate for cheap options. It would also, of course, simultaneously weaken the Affordable Care Act market.
“Those things won’t happen here,” they said. “Crazies don’t win elections. We don’t legislate discrimination anymore in this country.”
Typically, insurance is what you turn to to help cover costs after some sort of disaster strikes—say, for example, the catastrophic wildfires that swept through Northern California last month. But for some homeowners, their high-end insurance plans are offering something more than just a financial benefit. Instead,…