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129 million Americans have a pre-existing condition that could get their coverage denied, thoughts?

A study by the Health and Human Services Department found that half of Americans younger than 65 -- 129 million people -- have a pre-existing medical condition such as asthma, high blood pressure or obesity that could lead insurers to deny them coverage or charge them more. Nearly a fifth of non-elderly Americans, 50 million people, have conditions that make them eligible for states' high-risk pools -- special coverage for those denied insurance because of their medical history.

Starting in 2014, the health care overhaul will ban insurers from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions, charging them extra or limiting their benefits. The House on Tuesday is beginning to debate a Republican measure that would repeal the law -- the highest-profile legislative achievement of President Obama's first two years in office.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:21 AM on Jan. 19, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Where is your link?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:24 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • good. i once had to purchase my own insurance and it went from 79 dollars a month to 300 a month because of my "pre-existing" condition. yes i do have a preexisting condition..but who in the world can afford that shit?

    Answer by shay1130 at 9:25 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • it's just sad... i always think about that one movie... old movie w/ Tom hanks i think where he has aids (?) and his family fights the ins. co. in court.. that is all i can think of is how corrupt it all seems.

    Answer by TheMaMaBear_321 at 9:34 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • themamabear

    Philadelphia was the movie...good one, too

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:36 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:40 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I will be back ofter my walk to see how this is going. Good post Sweet!

    Answer by samurai_chica at 9:46 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I don't like the overall healthcare bill as I understand it, but pre existing conditions should NEVER stop someone from getting insurance or causing them higher premiums.....the words preexisting should cease to exist!!!!

    Answer by Wrain44 at 9:55 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • If there are that many people then the plan to cover them will most certainly fail. The money for their care has to come from somewhere. There has to be more healthy people paying in and not using care to make it work.

    This is a govt study and I have some doubts about it. I made a mental list of people I know and there are not that many with pre-existing conditions. IMO, it is a govt scare tactic. Don't get me wrong, I think pre-existing conditions SHOULD be covered, I'm just skeptical of the study.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:32 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I don't believe government numbers but putting that aside how come they don't say anything about how their wonderful bill doesn't really lower costs, especially for these people with pre existing conditions. Oh wait, yeah , they don't want that known.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:45 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • ysk, thats anecdotal...

    but almost everyone I know does. Kids with Asthema, adults with diabetes or high BP...


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:48 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

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