Got pre-existing condition? You’re screwed

Republicans would like us to believe that the abominable “healthcare” bill they passed yesterday in the House of Representatives keeps the Obamacare requirement for insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.  Don’t be fooled. It doesn’t. What it does is turn decision-making over to states, who can simply ask for a waiver and, poof, they can allow insurance companies to deny coverage, or charge higher premiums for people with these conditions–as they did in the dark ages before Obamacare started saving lives and saving families from medical bankruptcy.

That’s shocking. But even more shocking is the list of things that qualify as pre-existing conditions under this bill. Below is an alphabetical list of them, offered by Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]. Note that, by the time you are 40 years old, you’ve probably had at least one of these, Or, you  or your child may have been born with one of them, making you or members of your family uninsurable–or insurable at only at the highest of rates–from day one.

AIDS/HIV, acid reflux, acne, ADD, addiction, Alzheimer’s/dementia, anemia, aneurysm, angioplasty, anorexia, anxiety, arrhythmia, arthritis, asthma, atrial fibrillation, autism, bariatric surgery, basal cell carcinoma, bipolar disorder, blood clot, breast cancer, bulimia, bypass surgery, celiac disease, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral embolism, cerebral palsy, cerebral thrombosis, cervical cancer, colon cancer, colon polyps, congestive heart failure, COPD, Crohn’s disease..cystic fibrosis, DMD, depression, diabetes, disabilities, Down syndrome, eating disorder, enlarged prostate, epilepsy, glaucoma, gout, heart disease, heart murmur, heartburn, hemophilia, hepatitis C, herpes, high cholesterol, hypertension, hysterectomy…kidney disease, kidney stones, kidney transplant, leukemia, lung cancer, lupus, lymphoma, mental health issues, migraines, MS..muscular dystrophy, narcolepsy, nasal polyps, obesity, OCD, organ transplant, osteoporosis, pacemaker, panic disorder, paralysis, paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease, pregnancy, restless leg syndrome, schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder, seizures, sickle cell disease, skin cancer, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, stent, stroke, thyroid issues, tooth disease, tuberculosis, ulcers

And by the way, the states with people most likely to have pre-existing conditions, according to CNN are:
CNN notes:
These numbers come from a 2016 study by the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation. (If you’re wondering: The national average of people under 65 with pre-existing conditions not covered by pre-Obamcare health care is 27%.) What those numbers mean is that many of the people most in favor of repealing and replacing Obamacare are also the people most likely to be directly affected — and not in a good way.
Our one hope is that cooler heads prevail in the Senate, and that none of this ever takes effect. But, after what happened on Nov. 8, 2016, it’s far too easy to imagine the unthinkable.
  • Stacy Mergenthal

    I can’t help but wonder what incentive non-wealthy Americans have to vote Republican–ever? Even when it is clear that Republican politicians are causing them direct harm, they defend their vote. Conservative rightwing voters seem so cynical and skeptical of government in general, it’s just weird to me that they make a rather large exception for the relative handful of government employees that are actually out to get them. Republicans have actually gone on the record as saying their health care goal is kicking sick people off of their own private health insurance plans–plans these same sick people pay premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and taxes for just like everyone else. The GOP record of memory is one of disenfranchisement, austerity measures, tax cuts for the uber wealthy at the expense of the middle class, sexism, bigotry, and double standards. Why knowingly vote for that?

    Or maybe that wasn’t entirely the case last November. HRC did win the popular vote by a couple million. And this, from Good Morning America: “A 104-page report from a special American Association for Public Opinion
    Research panel charged with evaluating political polling after the 2016 presidential election found that national polls
    were ‘generally correct’ but state-level polling in Rust Belt states
    crucial to Trump’s victory ‘showed some large, problematic errors’ and ‘failed to adequately measure support for Trump.'”