In Space, No One Will Cover Your Pre-existing ConditionS

One more argument for healthcare reform: Astronauts—actual NASA astronauts who fly to space on multibillion-dollar rockets and stuff—are scared that they can't get coverage. Or so says NASA's "chief bioethicist" in an interview with the New York Times.

Paul Root Wolp, an adviser to NASA's chief medical officer, told the Times that some astronauts refuse to participate in experiments during missions because they're scared their medical information will become public, and that insurance companies will use the information against them:

Q. You mentioned earlier that NASA does biomedical research in space. How do the astronauts feel about being research subjects?

A. For the most part, they want to help. There have been some who, in some situations, have refused.... [Some] opted out because they were concerned that medical information collected on them couldn't really be private and might interfere with their getting health insurance after retirement. But on a flight with seven people, if one opts out, you've cut your research population significantly.

If astronauts can't get healthcare, then you, dear reader, are screwed.