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Trump Just Opened the Door to States Charging more for Pre-existing Conditions as Midterms Approach



After two failed attempts to repeal Obamacare outright, both Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration have been cynically trying to slowly destroy key components of the landmark legislation.  Now reports indicate that the Trump Administration might be trying to eliminate coverage for pre-existing conditions, a very popular component of the law.

Andy Slavitt, the former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), recently tweeted about this very shady effort.

Louise Norris, a writer for healthcare.gov spoke even further on Trump’s efforts to gut coverage for  pre-existing conditions

According to CMS.gov, 1332 waivers refer to Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

1332 waivers permits a state to apply for a State Innovation Waiver to pursue innovative strategies for providing their residents with access to high quality, affordable health insurance while retaining the basic protections of the ACA.

State Innovation Waivers allow states to implement innovative ways to provide access to quality health care that is at least as comprehensive and affordable as would be provided absent the waiver, provides coverage to a comparable number of residents of the state as would be provided coverage absent a waiver, and does not increase the federal deficit.

Americans, of course, face much higher costs when they get sick if states do not have strong insurance regulations. And as Norris points out in another tweet, Americans do not know what type of health care they’re going to need in the future.

Since it appears that the Trump Admin is looking to give states all the flexibility, living in a blue state with a Democratic legislature is obviously a much better scenario for those with pre-existing conditions.

The worst part of this shady effort to destroy popular parts of Obamacare is how the GOP claimed that it would not eliminate coverage for pre-existing conditions, even though some outlets found that to be a lie.

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