US Should Implement Measures For Portable Health Insurance Among Women

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The "time has come" to provide "married women who work" with healthinsurance that is independent from their employers, Grace-Marie Turner,president of the not-for-profit Galen Institute, writes in a Wall Street Journal letter to the editor in response to a recent Journal opinion piece.Turner writes that the U.S. income-tax system puts a "disproportionateburden" on such women, adding that under the system, they often are"locked into jobs that they would like to quit but can't because theycan't afford to lose the health insurance that covers them and theirfamilies."

According to an opinion poll conducted before the2000 presidential election, 72% of women would prefer that their healthinsurance be separate from their employment, Turner notes."Twenty-first century health policy would allow portability of healthinsurance by allowing the tax break for health insurance to follow theindividual as a person" and "not only as an employee," Turner writes,adding that "President Bush and a number of presidential candidateshave proposed" this policy (Turner, Wall Street Journal, 9/10).

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