NEW: GOP Pushing Shoddy Insurance Plans that Charge More For Pre-Existing Conditions

Republicans using taxpayer-money to promote shoddy plans that “cover fewer medical services” & “bypass” laws to protect patients

Latest push to undermine Americans’ coverage comes as GOP lawsuit to make protections for pre-existing conditions unconstitutional moves through courts

In a new announcement, The Trump Administration revealed it will use public funds to push shoddy insurance policies that “cover fewer medical services” and “bypass” the law protecting patients from predatory insurance practices – like charging patients with pre-existing conditions more for their care. From the Washington Post:

  • The Trump administration is eliminating most of the funding for grass-roots groups that help Americans get Affordable Care Act insurance and will for the first time urge the groups to promote health plans that bypass the law’s consumer protections and required benefits
  • The president last fall also issued an executive order to try to make it easier for individuals and small businesses to buy health plans that cost less than ACA coverage because they cover fewer medical services and bypass the law’s rules intended to protect people from old insurance practices in which companies had charged higher prices to women, older people, and those with preexisting medical conditions.
  • Since then, the Labor Department has issued a rule to broaden the use of one such kind of insurance, called “association health plans.” The Department of Health and Human Services is finishing another rule that will lengthen the duration allowed for short-term insurance plans… Groups that apply for navigator grants will now be expected to encourage clients to buy those two types of insurance.

This new plank in the Republican platform to slash coverage and spike costs for Americans comes as the GOP lawsuit to make protections for pre-existing conditions unconstitutional moves through the courts. Not a single Republican Senate candidate has denounced this lawsuit even though it would slash coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and three – Attorneys General Josh Hawley (MO) and Patrick Morrisey (WV) along with Rick Scott’s Florida – signed onto the lawsuit itself.

“Republicans are now in the business of selling shoddy insurance plans that will charge patients with preexisting conditions more money and don’t include standard benefits like maternity care or prescription drug coverage,” said DSCC spokesman David Bergstein. “These plans are a reminder of the bad-old-days and a warning of what health care under Republicans looks like. Every GOP Senate candidate will have to defend their unpopular, expensive health care platform and voters will hold them accountable for it this fall.”


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