Sexy Premiums

Feminists vs. insurance firms

First came unisex hair styles, then unisex clothing. If the National Organization for Women has its way, unisex insurance will be next. Feminist groups and several powerful Congressmen are pushing two separate bills in Congress to end the traditional practice of establishing insurance rates on the basis of gender, which often results in higher premiums or lower benefits for women. Says Kathy Bonk of the Legal Defense Fund: "We have to take the profit motive out of sexual discrimination."

Insurance companies say they set prices on the basis of measurable...

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