And thanks to the Republicans ever-changing Rube Goldberg like "private-for-profit" health care system, it'll be getting even more complicated, especially in Wisconsin. Expect to see politicians like Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefisch, and Brad Schimel pose for holy pictures after giving people something that looks like coverage for pre-existing conditions, but isn't really.
Covering Pre-existing Condition could mean Many Different things: As described in the WPR audio report by Shawn Johnson:
Experts say such a state protection is unlikely to work without the other safeguards provided right now by the federal law known as Obamacare. "It's like trying to replace a dam in a river with a couple of rocks," said Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. "The bad behavior will just kind of go around the barrier that you put up."
1. It would mean the elimination of other ACA protections;
2. Insurance companies offer major medical coverage as opposed to policies that might only cover a few doctor's office visits per year.
3. Eliminate federal subsidies designed to make such plans affordable.
4. Nadereh Pourat, the associate director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research, said insurance companies could once again impose lifetime limits on the most expensive customers, like cancer patients. "People used to hit the limit and then nobody would insure them anymore," ... the state bill Walker supports would not prevent those lifetime caps on insurance.
AG Brad Schimel is leading the lawsuit to repeal ObamaCare, knowing it will get rid of coverage for pre-existing conditions:
Schimel conceded (it) would end protections for people with preexisting conditions.While Walker supporters love the idea of killing ObamaCare's coverage for pre-existing conditions, they can't help applauding Walker's plan to provide more complicated and costly high-risk pools no one can afford.
"Without the individual mandate it all fails. It's not going to be able to stand. We've asked the court to stay Obamacare across the board."
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and State Superintendent Tony Evers is challenging Walker to pull out of the lawsuit:
"Scott Walker, if you're watching, I have a challenge for you. If you want to protect the millions of Wisconsinites with a pre-existing condition, drop Wisconsin from this lawsuit today because actions speak louder than empty political promises."Lt. Gov. Kleefisch backs Walker's doublespeak on pre-existing conditions, and brags about how ObamaCare is already covering pre-existing conditions...?:
In her ad, Kleefisch said she was “shocked” that Evers and his allies would argue Walker wants to end the protections. “Today in Wisconsin, people with pre-existing conditions are already covered,” Kleefisch said, without noting that they are covered only because of the national law Walker opposes. “And as long as Scott and I are in office, they always will be.”
Yup, both Walker and Kleefisch love to brag about replacing the same reinsurance money their own party and Trump repealed. Thanks for saving us from your own policies?
Kleefisch called Obamacare an "abomination" and touted Walker's $200 million plan to stabilize insurance prices for individuals who get coverage through the Obamacare marketplaces.No Urgency over Insurance denying coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions? Kleefisch digs her hole a little deeper with this out-of-touch gem:
Asked why Walker and Republicans haven't yet passed a bill to protect people with preexisting conditions in the eight years that they've controlled the Legislature, Kleefisch said it was a matter of urgency. "Before this, there was not the ACA lawsuit and therefore the issue of urgency," she said. "It was not an immediate need."Making Sick People an even More Profitable Business: There's no free lunch for Americans with diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's, heart problems, arthritis, old age...they all have to pay more. That's capitalism at its most immoral best.
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