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Here's a (Partial) List of All the Pre-Existing Conditions the GOP Bill May Not Cover

Updated 11:12 AM ET, Fri. May 5, 2017


The new health care bill, the American Health Care Act, could weaken protections for those with pre-existing conditions (aka a "health problem you had before the date that new health coverage starts") That's an estimated 52 million adults under 65. But the term "pre-existing condition" is, itself, vague -- and every insurance company has its own lists of "declinable" or "uninsurable." Here are the health issues they considered 'pre-existing conditions' prior to Obamacare. (This list is not comprehensive.)


Acne, Acromegaly, AIDS or ARC, Alzheimer's Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, 

Anemia (Aplastic, Cooley's, Hemolytic, Mediterranean or Sickle Cell), Anxiety, Aortic or

Mitral Valve Stenosis, Arteriosclerosis, Arteritis, Asbestosis, Asthma, Bipolar disease, 

Cancer, Cardiomyopathy, Cerebral Palsy (infantile), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary 

Disease, Cirrhosis of the Liver, Coagulation Defects, Congestive Heart Failure, Cystic 

Fibrosis, Demyelinating Disease, Depression, Dermatomyositis, Diabetes, Dialysis, 

Esophageal Varicosities, Friedreich's Ataxia, Hepatitis (Type B, C or Chronic), Menstrual 


irregularities, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Myasthenia Gravis, Obesity, Organ 

transplants, Paraplegia, Parkinson's Disease, Polycythemia Vera, Pregnancy, Psoriatic 

Arthritis, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Renal Failure, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Sex reassignment, 

Sjogren's Syndrome, Sleep apnea, Transsexualism, Tuberculosis
NOTE: Sure, "acne" and "anxiety" but Tuberculosis, Bi-Polar Disease, Parkinson's and MS? Really?  Look, I'm well aware that severe acne can be a serious conditions and not just some passing teenage angst and anxiety can be a whole lot more than just wondering if I'm going to make that traffic light up ahead before it changes.  But none of this makes any sense whatsoever.  The whole "gut" and "replace" theme is just more cruel bullshit from Trump/ Ryan and Republicans.
And here's an easy to digest comparison between the ACA and the ACHA provided by a friend of mine:


For those who can't be bothered to read an entire bill, here are the Cliffnotes comparisons between ACA and AHCA:
(1) Individual mandate
Obamacare: All Americans are required to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty.
Trumpcare: The mandate is repealed, but individuals who forgo health insurance for more than 63 days must pay a 30% surcharge on their insurance premiums for a year.
(2) Employer mandate
Obamacare: Companies with more than 50 employees are required to offer health insurance or pay a penalty.
Trumpcare: This mandate is repealed.
(3) Taxes
Obamacare: Raised Medicare taxes on the wealthy and imposed new taxes on medical devices, health insurers, drug companies, investment income, tanning salons and high-end health insurance plans.
Trumpcare: Repeals most Obamacare taxes and delays implementation of the tax on high-end health insurance plans to 2026.
(4) Insurance for dependents
Obamacare: Required insurers to allow children under age 26 to be covered by their parents' policies
Trumpcare: Maintains this requirement.
(5) Pre-existing condition coverage
Obamacare: Prohibits insurers from denying coverage or charging more to individuals who have pre-existing medical conditions.
Trumpcare: Gives states the option to waive pre-existing coverage requirements if they set up high-risk insurance plans for individuals who would be priced out by traditional insurers.
(6) Essential health benefits
Obamacare: Requires all insurance plans to cover certain health conditions and services, such as emergency room visits, cancer treatment, annual physical exams, prescription drug costs, mental health counselling and women's health services.
Trumpcare: Allows states to define what benefits are mandated or opt out of the requirement entirely.
(7) Medicaid
Obamacare: Expanded Medicaid health insurance for the poor to cover more low-income individuals.
Trumpcare: Curtails federal funding for Medicaid expansion beginning in 2020 and give states the option to receive federal dollars as a block grant instead of based on number of enrolees.
(8) Capping expenses
Obamacare: Prohibits insurers from limiting the amount they would reimburse for expenses for "essential health benefits" and curbs the annual amount a family must pay for these benefits.
Trumpcare: Continues this prohibition and retains limits on so-called out-of-pocket expenses.
(9) Subsidies
Obamacare: Provided refundable tax credits for low-income individuals who purchased their insurance on government-run marketplaces and support for some out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Trumpcare: Makes tax credits based on an individual's age, which are phased out at higher income levels. Ends tax credits for out-of-pocket expenses.

Class dismissed!






  

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