If The ACA Falls, Protecting Preexisting Conditions Could Be Harder Than It Sounds

October 27, 2020, NPR, Selena Simmons-Duffin – President Trump has tried to get rid of the Affordable Care Act since the first day of his presidency, but there’s one part of Obamacare that he wants to preserve. “We will always protect patients with preexisting conditions — always,” Trump told a campaign crowd on Sunday in Londonderry, N.H. It’s a message he has shared repeatedly in the final days and weeks before the presidential election. He said it again in an interview with CBS’ Lesley Stahl that aired Sunday on 60 minutes: “We won’t do anything — and no plan — unless we have preexisting conditions covered.” A “preexisting condition” refers to any health issue someone has before they sign up for a health insurance policy — from high blood pressure to pregnancy to allergies. Before the Affordable Care Act, it was perfectly legal for health insurers to deny coverage to people with such conditions. View Story.

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