129 Million Americans Under Age 65 Have Pre-existing Conditions

As Republicans in the House move forward with their attempts to repeal healthcare reform, there has been more than few headline stories that should be read and their discussions should be followed as well.

The WaPo reports:

As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems that are red flags for health insurers, according to an analysis that marks the government’s first attempt to quantify the number of people at risk of being rejected by insurance companies or paying more for coverage.

If House Republicans were to be successful in repealing healthcare reform, the protection provided by the healthcare reform for people with pre-existing conditions would be thrown out the window. Food for thought.

The study found that one-fifth to one-half of non-elderly people in the United States have ailments that trigger rejection or higher prices in the individual insurance market. They range from cancer to chronic illnesses such as heart disease, asthma and high blood pressure.

There are currently provisions in the 2010 healthcare reform “that are designed to eliminate insurance problems for such people.”

It is time for Republicans to understand, as former Senator Bill Frist pointed out today, that the healthcare bill the “law of the land.” Frist went on to say:

“[The bill] has many strong elements,” Frist added later. “And those elements, whatever happens, need to be preserved, need to be cuddled, need to be snuggled, need to be promoted and need to be implemented.”

The House vote on repealing healthcare is set for Wednesday. Let your Congress peeps know you are against the repeal. Don’t let the insurance companies and the GOP take this fundamental right to healthcare away, we’ve worked to hard to get this. Yes, people on both sides of the aisle agree there’s more to be done on healthcare reform, but repealing it is not the answer.

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