Sunday, September 19, 2010

Huckabee Opposes Insurance For People With Pre-Existing Conditions

"A moment of candor from the evangelical former Arkansas governor. Hard to say how that comports with voting on values, though.

It's worth pointing out, too, that the health care law's individual mandate is in large part meant to make sure people don't wait until they get ill until they buy insurance. But Republicans want to do away with that part of reform as well."

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The biggest problem with American health care today is that insurance is mostly tied to employment. Lose your job, lose your insurance.

And that when disabled people start their own businesses, they find it impossible to get insurance because SMALL businesses are individually underwritten, so the same pre-existing conditions that made it impossible for you to get insurance when you were unemployed make it impossible to get insurance when you're self-employed. You have to grow your business beyond that number of employees (I think it's 10) in order to avoid individual underwriting, and it's hard to grow a business when you're spending all your money on medical bills.

Half of Americans have pre-existing conditions (96% of them invisible). Hospitals are already screaming about the financial difficulties caused by uninsured patients. Can you imagine the result when HALF of all patients are uninsured?

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