Romney’s Pre-Existing Condition “Plan” Involves Encouraging the States to Come Up With a Plan

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 8:20 am

What’s Gov. Romney’s plan on covering people with pre-existing conditions? He’s made it clear in the past. It’s pretty much nothing. If someone has continuous coverage, they would be able to get insurance. That’s essentially what happens with COBRA: people get to stay on their insurance if they get laid off for a period of time. And if you lose employer coverage within 90 days, you have an option to pick up coverage from an insurer. But there are tens of millions of people, close to 50 million in fact, who have broken their coverage. After all, without any actual help to purchase this coverage, it quickly becomes unaffordable.


Romney’s Health Care Plan Would Allow Pre-Existing Condition Discrimination

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 8:22 am

Romney’s health care plan isn’t really a plan in that it has precious few numbers. But what we do know of it suggests that it would look mostly like today, only worse for anyone who has an illness and not much money to afford care.

Insurers Look at Options If Individual Mandate Overturned

By: Monday March 19, 2012 10:45 am

Next week, the Supreme Court begins three days of hearings on the Affordable Care Act. The justices will have to rule on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, unless they rule that the plaintiffs lack standing to sue. If the mandate is struck, what happens next?

Ill-Fated Health Care Repeal Effort Kicks Off in House

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 1:00 pm

Debate begins today on a health care repeal bill in the House, which retains the civil title “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” In a corollary bill, Republicans will direct to the relevant committees instructions for changing the health care bill and coming up with some other solution to what remains a crisis in America. The GOP never produced a comprehensive alternative in the eight years they held the White House under George W. Bush, or the previous 12 under George H. W. Bush or Ronald Reagan. No Republican in the White House has taken health care seriously since Richard Nixon, and no Republican majority in the Congress has taken it seriously perhaps ever.

DeParle: There’s “Inherent Tension” Between Health Reform and Insurance Industry

By: Wednesday September 22, 2010 11:40 am

DeParle: “It’s a new day when it comes to oversight. There’s a tension, it’s an inherent tension, but I’m happy about where it’s going.”

Insurance Industry Taking Every Possible Advantage of Affordable Care Act

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 9:45 am

In addition to having to fend off the slow chipping away of the health care law by the GOP, especially if they gain power over one or both houses of Congress, Democrats have to deal with the foxes they left in the henhouse, who are systematically working to preserve their own profits at the expense of consumers.

With No Hope of Help, Negative Opinion of Health Care Law Shows Little Change

By: Friday August 20, 2010 6:02 pm

In the waning days of the debate over health care legislation, the White House’s political team did a fairly good job of convincing Democrats in Congress, Washington reporters, and like-minded writers that the act would somehow get a lot more popular after it was actually signed into law. The latest CNN poll (PDF) shows that is not really happening–opinions about the health care law, in general and specific, are little changed.

Insurance Industry Switches Gears on Children’s Pre-Existing Conditions; Will Use Law as Excuse for Rate Hikes

By: Tuesday March 30, 2010 7:50 am

You can pretty much figure out AHIP’s game here. With no restrictions on cost until 2014, the industry can raise their premium prices almost at will. Even the bad publicity suffered from that 39% rate hike of Anthem Blue Cross plan has not stopped that scheduled increase from taking effect in May. And when outrage is expressed by families facing double-digit rate hikes, AHIP will clear their throats and blame the pre-existing condition exclusion for children, forcing the poor insurance companies to take on a sicker risk pool and raise prices to survive.

Insurance Industry Continues to Hedge on Pre-Existing Conditions for Children

By: Monday March 29, 2010 7:14 am

Guaranteed issue doesn’t mean a whole lot on its own without accompaniment with some form of community rating. Otherwise, the insurer can increase premiums to such a degree for the particular family that they wouldn’t be able to afford insurance without keeping the child off the policy.

Insurers Immediately Try to Game Health Care Regulations

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 6:45 pm

What’s going on here is that some insurance company – or the trade group, AHIP – read the language in the bill and interpreted it favorably to their industry. They’re trying to wiggle off the hook of offering coverage for children with pre-existing conditions TWO DAYS after signage of the law.

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