Health Care Bill Passed by US House of Representative Harmful to Women, Kids and Elderly
Threatens Safety Net for 37 Million Poor Children
Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund President, said today that the American Health Care Act passed by House Republican leaders at White House urging to repeal the Affordable Care Act is profoundly un-American:
“This un-American and unjust Act to repeal the Affordable Care Act strips away affordable health insurance for tens of millions of newly insured Americans including those with pre-existing conditions and threatens current health care coverage in place for 95 percent of all children in America. Do the Republican-led Congress and White House really want to be the first Congress and administration in history to take health coverage away from the most vulnerable amongst us, young and old? How can they defend destroying the Medicaid health safety net 37 million poor and disabled children need to live, learn and thrive and permit insurance companies to discriminate against children and adults with pre-existing conditions?
6.5 million low-income women of childbearing age will lose coverage
The March of Dimes released the following statement from President Stacey D. Stewart following House passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA):
“The March of Dimes is profoundly disappointed in today’s House passage of the American Health Care Act, a bill expected to eliminate health insurance coverage for 24 million Americans, including millions of women, children and families.
“The American Health Care Act fails to serve the needs of pregnant women, mothers, and babies across our nation. The March of Dimes estimates 6.5 million low-income women of childbearing age will lose coverage, denying them the ability to get healthy before they get pregnant. Classifying pregnancy as a pre-existing condition – and charging exorbitant rates for maternity benefits — would effectively put medical care out of reach for millions of women at a time when they need it most. Many Americans could find that their health plans are specifically written to exclude the care they are most likely to need.
Puts at risk the 25 million older adults with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer and diabetes, who would likely find health care unaffordable or unavailable to them.
ARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMondreiterated AARP’s opposition to the health bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would harm American families who count on access to affordable health care:
“AARP is deeply disappointed in today’s vote by the House to pass this deeply flawed health bill. The bill will put an Age Tax on us as we age, harming millions of American families with health insurance, forcing many to lose coverage or pay thousands of dollars more for health care. In addition, the bill now puts at risk the 25 million older adults with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer and diabetes, who would likely find health care unaffordable or unavailable to them.
“AARP will continue to oppose this bill as it moves to the Senate because it includes an Age Tax on older Americans, eliminates critical protections for those with pre-existing conditions, puts coverage at risk for millions, cuts the life of Medicare, erodes seniors’ ability to live independently, and gives sweetheart deals to big drug and insurance companies while doing nothing to lower the cost of prescriptions.
What are Pre-existing conditions
since insurance companies willet to decide what pre-exiting conditions are the only real information available about exactly what those condition will be is to look back at pre- Obama Care days where the list included:
Heart Disease ( High BP, etc.)
Alcohol abuse/ Drug abuse with recent treatment
Mental disorders (severe, e.g. bipolar, eating disorder)
Arthritis (rheumatoid), fibromyalgia, other inflammatory joint disease
Cancer within some period of time (e.g. 10 years, often other than basal skin cancer)
Congestive heart failure
Coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgery
Crohn’s disease/ ulcerative colitis
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/emphysema
Pending surgery or hospitalization
Pregnancy or expectant parent
Hepatitis (Hep C)
Kidney disease, renal failure
many, many more
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan defined pre-existing conditioning 2088 as, “In group health insurance, generally a condition for which an individual received medical care during the three months immediately prior to the effective date of coverage”.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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