UPDATE: Congressman Barletta sided with the Trump administration and Washington Republicans to say that coverage for pre-existing conditions is unconstitutional.
See what leading patient advocate organizations have to say about Barletta’s plan:
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society called this decision“devastating for the millions of Americans who suffer from serious illnesses or have pre-existing conditions and rely on those protections under current law to obtain life-saving health care.”
American Psychiatric Association: “This decision could lead to insurers denying coverage to the 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. This is harmful to the health of these Americans and is very short-sighted considering the nation is in the midst of an opioid epidemic and 30% rise in suicide rates.”
America’s Health Insurance Plans: “Removing those provisions will result in renewed uncertainty in the individual market, create a patchwork of requirements in the states, cause rates to go even higher for older Americans and sicker patients, and make it challenging to introduce products and rates for 2019.”
Ask Congressman Barletta: Do You Think Covering Pre-existing Conditions Is Unconstitutional?
Following the Trump Administration’s latest extraordinary effort to undermine Americans’ ability to get quality, affordable health care by declaring coverage for pre-existing conditions to be unconstitutional, DSCC spokesman David Bergstein released the following challenge:
“It’s a simple question: Does Congressman Barletta agree with the President that requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions is unconstitutional? Because Pennsylvanians don’t.”
Congressman Barletta is already on the record backing the GOP’s health care agenda that would slash coverage for pre-existing conditions, spike premiums, and impose an age tax on older Americans.