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#Trumpcare Won’t #Cover #Pre-existing #Conditions

With #Trumpcare passing the House, millions of people are in jeopardy of losing their medical care for serious medical conditions.  The Republican plan to eliminate the Affordable Care Act proposes to eliminate the provision that protects those with pre-existing conditions. #Trumpcare allows insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for and health insurance – this is banned under the ACA or Obamacare.  This would allow insurers to hike up premiums to unaffordable amounts.  AARP recently reported that premiums for those with pre-existing conditions or those who are “high-risk” could reach as high as $25,700 per year.  Many articles have posted a list of the pre-existing conditions that will not be covered.  Here is a list of some of them:

AIDS/HIV, lupus, alcohol abuse/drug abuse with recent treatment, severe Mental Disability disorders such as bipolar disorder or an eating disorder, Alzheimer’s/dementia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and other inflammatory joint disease, muscular dystrophy, cancer, severe obesity, cerebral palsy, organ transplant, congestive heart failure, paraplegia, coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgery, paralysis, Crohn’s disease/ulcerative colitis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/emphysema, pending surgery or hospitalization, diabetes mellitus, pneumocystis pneumonia, epilepsy, pregnancy or expectant parent, hemophilia, sleep apnea, hepatitis C, stroke, kidney disease, renal failure, transsexualism.

What needs to be made clear is that although Republicans claim these conditions will still be covered, #Trumpcare essentially places those with pre-existing conditions in a position where they will be unable to afford coverage. While technically that isn’t the same thing as not covering pre-existing conditions – pricing people with a serious illness out of the insurance market gives them no coverage.  This change affects millions of people in the United States.  #Trumpcare now heads to the Senate and it remains to be seen what the Senate will do with the bill. As of today, thirteen Republican senators are writing a new version of the bill. That group doesn’t include a single woman or any moderates. Once again, the most conservative, white, male Republican members of Congress will be deciding who deserves medical care and who does not. Unfortunately, it is exactly these people who the insurance companies have in their pockets.

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