The idea of exempting them is ridiculous and speaks to why preexisting condition coverage is an essential part of insurance. High risk pools have been tried before, and violate the fundamental precepts of insurance= sharing risk. What's more, extending preexisting conditions to include sexual assault, DV, c sections and postpartum depression is sexist. Good health care builds a functioning society. Healthy women are the backbone of such a society. Congress knows this plan is bad. That's why they don't want to participate.