Why the GINA “Genetic Discrimination” Law Is Bad
At Slate, Eric Posner explains why the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act is a bad idea as a basic concept. The law nevertheless recently passed the Senate 95-to-0 and the House 414-to-1 because politicians’ thinking is controlled by labels, not logic or substance, and no one (especially not sanctimonious people) wants to be labeled as being in favor of “discrimination,” as Richard Ford notes.
Prior to its passage, I criticized GINA’s ban on employment discrimination in the National Law Journal for lacking a “direct threat” exception for public safety. The Economist‘s blog suggested its ban on insurance discrimination could fundamentally undermine insurance markets and the availability of private health insurance in the long run.