Elizabeth Hicks: The bill that kills
May 8, 2017
The Trumpcare health act is dangerous to your health. It rolls back protections for people with pre-existing conditions, which could increase health care costs for an estimated 130 million Americans.
The AHCA stipulates that states can allow insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for health insurance, which is banned under Obamacare, if the states meet certain conditions. Insurers still cannot deny people coverage outright, but they can hike up premiums to an unaffordable amount.
Wondering if you might be impacted? Here is a complete list of pre-existing conditions in the GOP bill:
Acid reflux, acne, Acromegaly, AIDS/HIV, alcohol or drug abuse with recent treatment, Alzheimer's/dementia, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, anemia (Aplastic, Cooley’s, Hemolytic, Mediterranean or Sickle Cell), anorexia, anxiety, Aortic or Mitral Valve Stenosis, ARC, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asbestosis, asthma, bipolar disease, bulimia, cancer, cardiomyopathy, Celiac Disease, Cerebral Palsy (infantile), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, cirrhosis of the Liver, coagulation defects, congestive heart failure, coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgery, Crohn's disease, C-section, Cystic Fibrosis, Demyelinating Disease, depression, Dermatomyositis, diabetes, dialysis, epilepsy, esophageal varicosities, Friedreich’s Ataxia, heart burn, hemophilia, Hepatitis (Type B, C or Chronic), high cholesterol, hysterectomy, kidney disease, renal failure, kidney stones, knee surgery, Lupus, Lyme Disease, menstrual irregularities, mental disorders (including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, Schizophrenia), migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Myasthenia Gravis, narcolepsy, obesity, organ transplants, Pacemaker, paralysis, paraplegia, Parkinson's disease, pending surgery or hospitalization, Pneumocystic pneumonia, Polycythemia Vera, postpartum depression, pregnancy or expectant parent (includes men), psoriatic arthritis, Pulmonary Fibrosis, rape (in some states: Idaho, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vermont, Wyoming), renal failure, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Seasonal Affective Disorder, seizures, sex reassignment, sexual deviation or disorder, Sjogren’s Syndrome, sleep apnea, stroke, transsexualism, tuberculosis and ulcers.
In some states, health insurers would be able to charge sicker people more. We do not know, at this point in time, what Colorado will do.
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This latest proposal severely weakens existing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, not strengthen them. Are you one of these people?
I encourage everyone who might have a pre-existing condition listed above to contact Senators Bennet and Gardner and insist that the Senate create legislation that improves the current ACA, not destroy it along with destroying people's lives. This includes protecting people who are sick.
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