ISN'T THERE SOME LAW AGAINST CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT?
Here's a (Partial) List of All the Pre-Existing Conditions the GOP Bill May Not Cover
By Nicole Chavez, CNN
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
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Trumpcare: The mandate is repealed, but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Trumpcare: This mandate is repealed.
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
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
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.
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
Trumpcare: Continues this prohibition and
retains limits on so-called out-of-pocket expenses.
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.
I had a sudden revelation the other day while perusing the
veggie section of our local Whole Foods Market:I own not a single pair of “skinny
jeans.”How, you might ask, did I
suddenly stumble across this personal truth and profound revelation?Well, while fingering the “organic” bananas that always seem to be too green to me and comparing them to the
“regular, old fashioned, cheaper non-organic” ones, I noticed that I was in the
company of half a dozen young men all wearing skinny jeans and all examining organic
California oranges or the latest shipment of white asparagus – organic - also
from California.Now there was the
aspect that five out of the six young men (Millennials, I assumed) were very
easy on my eyes. On anyone's eyes if you want the truth. Some sported very chic short-trimmed beards, strong chiseled chins, sparkling eyes, ad worthy faces, and a couple who looked quite buff in their chest hugging checked lumberjack shirts …
If I recall correctly, it was about five years ago,
certainly it was during Obama’s second term, when there appeared a spate of
articles, op-eds and opinion pieces, and a whole bunch of television pundits countering
the popular right wing narrative that “liberals are destroying America.”I think Slate, Politico, and the Huffington
Post had long, detailed pieces showing how there was no fact-based evidence
that this was the case and every indication that it was conservative social,
economic and political policies that were thwarting Americans from achieving
the American dream and not liberal policies. All the media attention including from the Washington Post and the New York Ties was quite
welcome in my view since I’ve heard Rush Limbaugh rage on for a decade now how
“liberals are destroying America.”
remember? No recollection of these seminal events?Of course you don’t because they never
happened. Your memory isn’t faulty.B…
IT POTENTIALLY WILL KILL MANY PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
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But in their attempts to increase their reach and expand
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