Baby Denied Health Insurance Due To Weight

BABYALEXWrites the Denver Post:

Alex Lange is a chubby, dimpled, healthy and happy 4-month-old.

But in the cold, calculating numbered charts of insurance companies, he is fat. That’s why he is being turned down for health insurance. And that’s why he is a weighty symbol of a problem in the health care reform debate. Alex’s pre-existing condition — “obesity” — makes him a financial risk.

“I could understand if we could control what he’s eating. But he’s 4 months old. He’s breast-feeding. We can’t put him on the Atkins diet or on a treadmill,” joked his frustrated father, Bernie Lange, a part-time news anchor at KKCO-TV in Grand Junction. “There is just something absurd about denying an infant.”

2 Comments on "Baby Denied Health Insurance Due To Weight"

  1. girlmachine | Oct 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm |

    Awww, I hope the fat baby doesn't get the swine flu.

  2. polymorpheous | Oct 14, 2009 at 10:44 am |

    hmmm… my little girl was 26lbs. @ 6 months. VERY chubby and very breast fed. her weight plateaued after weening. which is NORMAL. corporate suits are NOT qualified to make medical decisions. oh. wait. this is america we are talking about.

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