Well, I hate the attitude that hiring anyone with a chronic disease is bad news but c'est la vie. In the case of diabetics, what pushes the insurance rates so high is that even if you are under tight control, the insurance company has NO idea what silent damage you did to yourself when you weren't under tight control or even before you were diagnosed. Remember, diabetes is a major source of stroke and heart problems besides reduced ability to heal; and these become REALLY expensive hospitalizations.
I'm a type two under really good control, but I haven't a clue what I did to myself when I wasn't. I'm 5'11 - 180 lbs. and normal everything except I need meds to keep my blood sugar in the normal range. I live a normal life so I really get steamed when someone tells me I can't have a certain job because of this disease. BUT, being in NYC, I've found that if you work for large corporation, you fall through the cracks with no problem. I think this is probably because their insurance plans are so big, you don't move the policy one way or another.
As a postscript to these posts, there was a piece on the nightly national news about the growing population that was not on insurance. One of the examples they showed was a husband and wife, both diabetic where he was fired from his job (so they both lost their health insurance) because he was diabetic. I work for a huge corp so I haven't felt this discrimination, but nevertheless it burns me up
So, I would suggest that each and everyone of you that feels strongly about this send a letter to your State senator and even your congressman. Make it a PAPER letter, they command much more attention than emails. If enough people write, at least some aide will be assigned to see if its legislation that should be written.
Comeon, it takes 20 mins out of your day to find your Senator's address, write a letter and stick a stamp on it.
(Follow-up.......I just sent letters to my two state senators. Lets see what responses I get. I'll post what they say when the responses come in.)
Post Edited (Warren) : 11/30/2005 10:16:19 AM (GMT-7)