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Sat May 6, 2017, 01:57 PM

These pre-existing conditions wouldn't be protected by new US healthcare bill

Source: The Guardian

These pre-existing conditions wouldn't be protected by new US healthcare bill

Pregnancy, C-sections or treatment for sexual assault could
be used by insurers to inflate premiums if bill stays in current
form, experts warn


Joanna Walters in New York
Saturday 6 May 2017 12.00 BST

Health experts expressed alarm on Friday that the new healthcare bill would allow insurers to discriminate against people with “pre-existing medical conditions”, including being pregnant, having had a Cesarean section, or having received treatment for a sexual assault or domestic violence.

A vast spectrum of dozens of illnesses and health conditions – even acne or heartburn – could be used by companies to inflate insurance premiums and make coverage unaffordable for millions of Americans if the bill ends up becoming law as currently written, experts warned.

“People are very concerned about their ability to keep their coverage and it’s for good reason,” said Cynthia Cox, assistant director of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit health research group.

Such a situation would be nothing new; it would effectively turn the clock back to the point before Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) took full effect in 2014, Cox pointed out.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/06/pre-existing-conditions-republican-healthcare-bill-repeal-obamacare

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Sat May 6, 2017, 02:22 PM

1. Kessler in today's WaPo gives the assault claim 4 Pinocchios.

It's hard to sort out, without the exact language.

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