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Blue Cross warns GOP repeal bill 'undermines' pre-existing condition rules

Posted by on Sep. 20, 2017 at 6:01 PM
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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association warned against a new GOP ObamaCare bill on Wednesday, saying it would "undermine" protections for pre-existing conditions.

"The bill contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical conditions," the association said in a statement.

The bill would allow states to repeal ObamaCare rules that prevent people with pre-existing conditions from being charged higher premiums.

The group, a top association of health insurers, also warned against funding cuts in the bill, saying the block grants it would create could be too small.

"The legislation reduces funding for many states significantly and would increase uncertainty in the marketplace, making coverage more expensive and jeopardizing Americans' choice of health plans," the statement said.

The statement did not explicitly oppose the bill but said the group has "significant concerns" with it.

The Blue Cross association is the first major health insurance group to warn against the bill. The major groups representing doctors and hospitals have already opposed the measure.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/351549-blue-cross-warns-gop-repeal-bill-undermines-pre-existing-condition-rules?amp
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francee89
by Gold Member on Sep. 20, 2017 at 6:03 PM
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Remember when Trump, on pre existing conditions, said "I mandate it. I said, 'Has to be.'"" and that his healthcare plan would be "every bit as good on preexisting conditions as Obamacare."? And that it wouldn't cut Medicaid, and that it would offer "insurance for everybody"?
francee89
by Gold Member on Sep. 20, 2017 at 7:21 PM
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More lying. It leaves it to the states, and even if they offer "coverage", they'd be allowed to discriminate against pre existing conditions through pricing, thereby making it unaffordable.
SeanandNoahsmom
by Dawn on Sep. 20, 2017 at 7:28 PM
This bill is every bit as disastrous as the other repeal and replace plans, but with McCain now saying he would reluctantly support it, I think it will be a done deal when it comes up for voting later this month. Sad state of affairs, especially for poor people who depend on Medicaid for coverage.
PinkButterfly66
by Platinum Member on Sep. 20, 2017 at 7:45 PM

He also said it would cost us $12 a month for coverage too. 

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Sep. 20, 2017 at 10:07 PM
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Of course, not that they will continue to cover preexisting conditions if they aren't mandated by law. They will throw up their hands and say well, since it isn't a law now we will go back to what we did previously which is to deny coverage for the very people who need it.
squeekers
by Silver Member on Sep. 21, 2017 at 1:17 AM
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littlelamb303
by Silver Member on Sep. 21, 2017 at 1:05 PM
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Any bill the republicans try and push through will hurt a lot of people, many of them Trump supporters.

KittyMom1026
by Silver Member on Sep. 21, 2017 at 1:08 PM

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meriana
by Platinum Member on Sep. 21, 2017 at 2:13 PM

Nothing this administration wants to do surprises me. The Republican party, has for years, claimed they are for the "common" man, and want to do all in their power to help the middle class so they frame their proposals, ideas, policies as doing just that. When it turns out the only entities that really benefit are the very wealthy and the corporations, they tell us, it's ok because helping them helps everyone else in the long run in terms of growth and more jobs. The fact that more jobs don't actually appear tends to be a non-issue for them as they can make a more jobs pitch again in the future.

PamR
by Ruby Member on Sep. 21, 2017 at 2:18 PM

Every major medical group has come out against this bill. 

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