From our Friends at ProgressIowa.
They are running a series on the effects of a possible striking down of the ACA. This is the second in the series of 11. We chose to post this one because many folks do not understand what WILL happen when the pre-existing clause of the ACA is no longer in effect:
For Immediate Release:
January 8, 2020
Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0133
Health Care Lawsuit Days of Action:
Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions
Des Moines, Iowa – Last month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Trump administration and Republicans in Texas vs. United States, striking down as unconstitutional the ACA’s individual mandate and remanding to the lower court judge a final decision on what parts of the ACA should be eliminated – the very judge who has already ruled the entire law unconstitutional. If President Trump and Republicans have their way, 20 million Americans will lose their insurance coverage, 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will be stripped of their protections, and costs will go up for millions.
“The Fifth Circuit’s disastrous decision on President Trump’s Texas lawsuit puts the health care of millions of Americans at risk. The court’s decision will impact every corner of the American health care system, threatening protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and access to care for children, seniors, women, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ Americans in communities across the country,” said Progress Iowa Executive Director and Protect Our Care state director Matt Sinovic. “Over the course of the next two weeks, we will be reminding Iowans what’s really at stake if the courts ultimately overturn the health care law.”
“Every Iowan deserves to have the health care they need, and people like me and my daughter with pre-existing conditions should not be penalized by insurance companies,” said Emily Holley, the executive director of Iowa Voices. “An insurance company only sees the bottom line, not what my doctor says I need, or the care that my family needs. That’s why we are fighting to keep legal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It’s up to all of us to use our voice to hold elected officials accountable, and we will not let them forget that they should represent us, not the special interests that bankroll their campaigns.”
Days of Action: Day 2 of 11 focuses on Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions. To learn more about our Days of Action, visit our website.
What’s At Stake: Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions:
Without the ACA, protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will be eliminated overnight, and the uninsured rate will increase by 65 percent.
The ACA included four key provisions that protect people with pre-existing conditions. If the law is overturned in the Texas lawsuit:
- Rule that forbids insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
- Rule that prevents insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions more.
- Requirements that insurance companies cover essential health benefits, such as prescription drugs and maternity care.
- Ban on insurance companies having lifetime caps on coverage.
Premium Surcharges Can Once Again Be In The Six Figures. Thanks to the Republican lawsuit, insurance companies can charge people more because of a pre-existing condition. The House-passed repeal bill had a similar provision, and an analysis by the Center for American Progress found that insurers could charge up to $4,270 more for asthma, $17,060 more for pregnancy, $26,180 more for rheumatoid arthritis and $140,510 more for metastatic cancer.
More Than 140 Million Americans Could Once Again Have To Pay For Preventive Care. Because of the ACA, private health plans must cover preventive services — like flu shots, cancer screenings, contraception, and mammograms – at no cost to consumers. More than 140 million Americans are enrolled in plans that provide free preventive services, including 133 million people with employer coverage.
Reinstate Lifetime and Annual Limits On 109 Million Privately Insured Americans. Repealing the Affordable Care Act means insurance companies would be able to impose annual and lifetime limits on coverage for those insured through their employer or on the individual market. In 2009, prior to the implementation of the ACA, 59 percent of workers covered by employer-sponsored health plans had a lifetime limit.
Republicans Want To Put Insurance Companies Back In Charge, Ending Protections For The 135 Million People With A Pre-Existing Condition
- According to a recent analysis by the Center for American Progress, roughly half of nonelderly Americans, or as many as 135 million people, have a pre-existing condition. This includes:
- 44 million people who have high blood pressure
- 45 million people who have behavioral health disorders
- 44 million people who have high cholesterol
- 34 million people who have asthma and chronic lung disease
- 34 million people who have osteoarthritis and other joint disorders
- More than
- 17 million children,
- 68 million women, and
- 32 million people aged 55-64 have a pre-existing condition.
American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American DIabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Striking Down These Provisions Would Be Catastrophic And Have Dire Consequences For Many Patients With Serious Illnesses.”
[American Cancer Society et. al, 6/14/18]