Isn’t it awfully fitting how the rhetoric from Democrats suggests that the House-passed American Health Care Act is an immoral, catastrophic death warrant for any woman or child with a pre-existing condition?
Isn’t it even more fitting that the rhetoric is inaccurate nonsense?
That’s right, folks. Even in the unlikely scenario in which the Senate passed the bill without making a single change, people with pre-existing conditions are NOT in the jeopardy the left would have you believe. In fact, they would be offered several layers of protection.
According to National Review:
“States would be able to waive Obamacare rules on preexisting conditions only for people who do not maintain insurance coverage. If you are someone with one of those conditions who has gotten coverage through Obamacare (or otherwise gotten coverage), the Obamacare regulations will still apply: In no state will it be possible for an insurance company to charge you more than a person without such a condition. If you are someone who has insurance and develops one of these conditions, you too will be covered by the Obamacare regulations. Insurers will not be able to charge you extra, either, under any waiver.
And maintaining insurance coverage will be easier than it was pre-Obamacare, because people without access to Medicare, Medicaid, or employer coverage will have a tax credit to purchase insurance on the individual market.
So the only people who might be adversely affected by a waiver of the Obamacare rules — if a state applied for one — would be those who have a preexisting condition but have not used their credit to buy insurance. And even they would have to have access to a high-risk pool for the regulations to be waived.
People with preexisting conditions, then, would have a triple safety net even in a state that took maximum use of the waivers: Tax credits, regulatory protection contingent on continuous coverage, and high-risk pools would all benefit them.”
Furthermore, the number of “uninsurable” Americans with pre-existing conditions within the individual market represents a much smaller percentage of the overall population than Democrats would have you believe.
The peak enrollment in Obamacare's Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan was less than 115,000 people. https://t.co/CiNeMahxCk
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 5, 2017
Wow. Less than 115,000 enrolled. At its peak! And if that doesn’t put the Left’s lies into perspective, how about we up the ante with this data-based evidence to illustrate just how flawed Obamacare was/is:
Public-health data from the Centers for Disease Control confirm what one might expect from a health-care reform that expanded Medicaid coverage for adults: no improvement. In fact, things have gotten worse. Age-adjusted death rates in the U.S. have consistently declined for decades, but in 2015 — unlike in 19 of the previous 20 years — they increased. For the first time since 1993, life expectancy fell. Had mortality continued to decline during ACA implementation in 2014 and 2015 at the same rate as during the 2000–13 period, 80,000 fewer Americans would have died in 2015 alone. Of course, correlation between ACA implementation and increased mortality does not prove causation. Researchers hypothesize that increases in obesity, diabetes, and substance abuse may be responsible. But thanks to the roughly half of states that refused the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, a good control group exists. Surely the states that expanded Medicaid should at least perform better in this environment of rising mortality? Nope. Mortality in 2015 rose more than 50 percent faster in the 26 states (and Washington, D.C.) that expanded Medicaid during 2014 than in the 24 states that did not.
You know just as well as I do that these facts do not matter, though. The Democrats will continue doing what they do best…playing to everyones’ emotions with their false, distracting, fearmongering rhetoric, and the American Healthcare Act will never be given the chance that it deserves. Such a shame.