Feb 21, 2007

The Odd Benefits of Group Affiliation [LINK]

My second letter to the Globe for today:

Dr. Timothy Lapham suggests that restricting insurance coverage for weight-loss surgery may violate federal law because it discriminates against fat people. I understand the law forbids discrimination based on matters of entrenched identity, such as race, gender, creed, and sexual orientation. Does being fat really fall under that category? Wouldn't it be odd to argue that being fat is such an important part of your identity if, by seeking out weight-loss surgery, you're actively trying to dispense with that group affiliation?

While Dr. Lapham complains about insurers who attempt "to practice medicine without a license," here he is offering legal analysis without a license.

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