Fad­ing health care

Houston Chronicle - - FROM THE COVER -

Re­gard­ing “A not-so-sub­tle move to end Oba­macare,” (Page A11, Tues­day), colum­nist Ruth Mar­cus warns us that the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion is whit­tling away and de­stroy­ing Oba­macare (the ACA), in­clud­ing the pro­tec­tions for pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions. Peo­ple need to un­der­stand what pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions re­ally meant be­fore Oba­macare.

Pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions were not just things like can­cer or di­a­betes or asthma. They in­cluded mi­nor con­di­tions like hay fever or noth­ing at all. Years ago, be­fore the ACA, I tried to pur­chase in­sur­ance coverage be­tween jobs, but I was de­nied coverage be­cause in the past I had had a biopsy that turned out to be be­nign. There was noth­ing wrong with me, but the in­sur­ance com­pany la­belled that nor­mal biopsy a pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tion. Also, my friend’s daugh­ter was de­nied coverage be­cause she talked to a ther­a­pist one time after her boyfriend had bro­ken up with her. That 30-minute con­ver­sa­tion with a ther­a­pist was con­sid­ered a pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tion.

Yes, be­fore the ACA, in­sur­ance com­pa­nies could deny even young, healthy peo­ple coverage, and they did. Now the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion is tak­ing away these pro­tec­tions with­out pro­vid­ing us with a re­place­ment. I don’t think peo­ple know what is go­ing on yet, but un­for­tu­nately, they will, and I hope it won’t be too late.

Nancy Rilling, Hous­ton

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