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GOP’s Latest Health Care Bill Guts Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions Coverage

Republicans like state senator Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson promised to protect these vital services, but the GOP’s plan will make women, individuals with cancer, asthma, or other illnesses pay more

The latest version of the Republican’s toxic health care agenda will gut protections for pre-existing conditions, bringing back an era when Wisconsin women or individuals with cancer, asthma, and other illnesses paid more for their insurance — breaking the promise of Republicans like Vukmir and Nicholson to protect these vital services.

From The Washington Post:

“There’s another way Graham-Cassidy goes further than previous Obamacare rollback measures: It would allow states to opt out of the law’s ‘essential health benefits,’ the baseline services that insurers must cover. That means there will no longer be a rock-solid prohibition on charging higher premiums to people with preexisting medical conditions, although states would need federal waivers.”

Republicans’ latest health care proposal will gut coverage for pre-existing conditions — breaking the GOP’s promise to protect these vital services and spiking costs for hardworking families,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “If Republicans like state senator Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson have their way, Wisconsin’s working families could lose coverage for everything from cancer treatment to pregnancy services, and in 2018 voters will hold them accountable for their toxic and expensive agenda.” 

The Kaiser Family Foundation also found this latest bill would allow insurers to charge older Americans up to 5 times more. Previously, Vukmir and Nicholson backed the Republican health care agenda that also increased premiums by 20 percent and imposed an age tax on older Americans.

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