GOP Health Bill Changes Could Kill Protections For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

House Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to rally Republican lawmakers to vote for the American Health Care Act.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to rally Republican lawmakers to vote for the American Health Care Act.

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When House Speaker Paul Ryan says he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act so that people can buy insurance that’s right for them, and not something created in Washington, part of what he’s saying is that he wants to get rid of so-called essential health benefits.

That’s a list of 10 general categories of medical care that all insurance policies are required to cover under the Affordable Care Act.

Getting rid of that requirement, or trimming it, is central to the Republican strategy, because they say those benefits drive up insurance premiums so much that healthy people won’t buy coverage.

But if Republicans repeal that list, they essentially renege on a promise they’ve repeated over and over to voters, that they will protect people with pre-existing medical conditions.

“Protections for pre-existing

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/23/521220359/gop-health-bill-changes-could-kill-protections-for-people-with-preexisting-condi?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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