Tuesday, January 18, 2011

129000 people under age 65 have pre-existing conditions that could affect them if health care reform were repealed

The Washington Post is reporting Tuesday that 129 million Americans under the age of 65 have pre-existing conditions that could cause them denial in an individual market if the GOP repealed Obamacare, according to an HHS report due today. The story is by Amy Goldstein with link here.  The number is almost half the population in that age range.  Many of these individuals would run into difficulty if they lost current coverage available through the workplace.

There are temporary measures in play right now, including a federal high risk pool and an immediate provision denying insurers the ability to deny coverage to children based on conditions.

The four largest insurers had denied coverage to about 650000 people, according to a report from Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman.

The GOP claims it supports private high risk pools, but waffles on the ability of insurers to charge more or deny coverage to individuals who present “moral hazard” beyond their control.

Some in the GOP still think that the responsibility for medical issues should belong to “extended family”.

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