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Thursday, September 2, 2010
Now, health insurance reform for pets?
Apparently the residents of California haven’t.
There is a bill making its way through that state’s assembly that would reform pet health insurance.
Who knew that pet health insurance is as messed up as the human health insurance system is?
I don’t know of any friends who have pet health insurance, but apparently some of the people in California who have paid for that coverage aren’t happy.
But let’s back up a minute.
Between 2000 and 2005, veterinary costs increased 70 percent according to the bill’s analysis. During 2009, Americans spent $12 billion on pet care.
Consumers are turning to pet insurance to mitigate rising costs. The Humane Society of the United States—which has spent $27,000 lobbying for passage of the bill—says there are 170 million dogs and cats kept as pets nationwide. Only about 1 percent of those pets are covered by health insurance.
This may seem absurd to you and me, but the bill looks like it's headed for a vote.
Is health insurance is a right for humans? Should it be a right for pets?
I don't think so, but what do you think?