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mrjapaman
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Ragnar
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genetic testing should be covered under ALL insurance plans

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Ragnar
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/26/2013 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 615 times Debate No: 39494
Debate Rounds (5)
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mrjapaman

Pro

1rst round: acceptance
Ragnar

Con

I accept.
Debate Round No. 1
mrjapaman

Pro

1. can help stop spread of diseases.

the silicon valley start-up, 23andme. has just filed a patent that allows parents to hand-pick certain physical traits, such as eye-color. and if your family has a history of genetic diseases then you can have them alter your DNA so that the disese if almost impossible for your child to get. so if insurance companies pay for genetic testing then more people wil be willing to be tested, so if you find out that your family has a history of breast cancer and you have a high chance of getting it, then you can make sure your child has a VERY low risk of getting said disease.
Ragnar

Con

To mandatory include genetic testing in "ALL insurance plans," would be quite hilarious. I can conceive of no reason why my car would need genetic testing done. However I shall focus on the case presented, not the error in resolution...


Genetic testing is a luxury item. If I pay for my employees to have health coverage, why should I particularly care what they might pass down to their kids? If they worry about that, let them do it on their own dime. To mandatory include genetic testing in all health insurance plans, would actually raise the rates, perhaps making it unaffordable for many lower income people.

"Can help stop spread of diseases."
By denying some people the right to breed?

"Just filed a patent that allows parents to hand-pick certain physical traits, such as eye-color."
As much as Nazi Germany would be proud, genetic engineering and genetic testing are two different things. Genetic engineering even if currently possible, would be beyond expensive, and highly unpredictable in results.
Debate Round No. 2
mrjapaman

Pro

mrjapaman forfeited this round.
Ragnar

Con

Extend all arguments.

I'd like to note that pro did login after I posted my last round.
Debate Round No. 3
mrjapaman

Pro

mrjapaman forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
mrjapaman

Pro

mrjapaman forfeited this round.
Ragnar

Con

Vote con.
Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Ragnar 3 years ago
Ragnar
@pro: If you'd like I can give pointers are how to dismantle my flimsy argument.
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Vote Placed by johnlubba 3 years ago
johnlubba
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