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The best editorial of the weekend: The absurd list of conditions not covered by junk GOP healthcare plans

Be sure to check out the excellent editorial that ran over the weekend in the Charlotte Observer that lays out the hard truth about Republican “health care reform” plans. In Do you have a preexisting condition that Republicans don’t want to cover? Check this list” the Observer explains the folly of conservative schemes to allow the sale of low-cost junk insurance plans that will simply return the country to the pre-Obamacare bad old days.

It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the kinds of condition no covered. This is from the editorial’s analysis of a junk plan Republicans are allowing to be sold in Iowa ( a similar scheme failed in North Carolina earlier this year):

It’s a list that should alarm Americans — not only those who can’t afford full-coverage health insurance, but anyone who has had or might someday suffer from the following conditions:

  • Ear, nose or throat.
  • Lung or respiratory.
  • Diabetes/growth/hormonal.
  • Liver or pancreas.
  • Urinary system.
  • Digestive or stomach.
  • Blood artery.
  • Heart or coronary.
  • Brain or nervous system.
  • Bone or skeletal.
  • Autoimmune
  • Reproductive.
  • Mental
  • Muscle/tissue
  • Transplant

That covers, well, pretty much everything.

There are other, similar lists out there, including a lengthier list of conditions that likely would have caused a person to be denied coverage or pay more for coverage under the American Health Care Act that Republicans tried to pass in 2017. That list included acne and allergies, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

It is a reminder that what many congressional Republicans want is for there to be no Obamacare, which would mean that “health benefit plans” would be far from the only plans to treat preexisting conditions harshly.

It is also a reminder of the gap between what Republicans say about health insurance and what they appear to want. Republicans say now that they don’t want to take away such protections, but they have done little thus far to ensure that. President Trump also has assured supporters, even this week, that he would fight for patients with preexisting conditions, but government lawyers told a Texas court in June that they will no longer defend those Obamacare protections. That court could rule any day on whether the Affordable Care Act and its protections are constitutional.

Meanwhile, we check lists and wonder: How vulnerable are we going to be?

Click here to read the entire editorial.

 

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