Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Pre-existing conditions in health insurance take center stage in midterm election

Pre-existing conditions in health insurance take center stage in midterm election, Metamora Herald

A congressional race in central Illinois is highlighting a key part of the Affordable Care Act as a central theme in the midterm elections.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said he wishes the GOP’s changes to health insurance that passed the U.S. House passed the Senate, but they didn’t.

“And I certainly wish that our bill would have passed because it was certainly a first step in providing affordable health coverage with pre-existing condition coverages,” Davis said. “Guaranteeing pre-existing condition, layers upon layers of coverage.”

Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan said Davis has voted to end the Affordable Care Act numerous times without a replacement. She said it needs to be fixed instead.

“That’s the first thing we need to do,” Londrigan said. “The GOP in congress has been doing everything they can to weaken it and we need to be sure to fix what’s broken first.”

She favors allowing Medicare as a public option, eventually.

“I support fixing the ACA first and then looking to add Medicare as a public option and then let’s figure out how to move forward from there,” Londrigan said.

Davis said he’s working to keep pre-existing condition coverage and to give consumers more affordable options. But he said if Democrats take control of Congress, they won’t address the problems with the ACA.

“As a matter of fact, they will do everything they can to protect the status quo that’s unaffordable for so many families,” Davis said. “That’s why it’s so important for me to be able to run and to be able to talk about how we can reform this broken health care system.”

The GOP-controlled Congress was able to repeal the fines for not having health insurance, essentially gutting the individual mandate that was central to funding the ACA.

Last week, President Donald Trump promised at a campaign rally in Missouri that he won’t get rid of pre-existing conditions from the health care law.

The midterm election is Nov. 6.

published originally here: https://www.ilnews.org/news/health/pre-existing-conditions-in-health-insurance-take-center-stage-in/article_8ebb78ca-c009-11e8-b561-6b23412187c3.html

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