House health care bill blasted on social media with trending hashtag #IAmAPreExistingCondition

WASHINGTON TIMES | Laura Kelly

Please be knowledgeable about pre-existing conditions. Many pre-transplant patients have conditions that will not be covered under the AHCA 



FILE - In this Friday, March 24, 2017, file photo, protesters gather across the Chicago River from Trump Tower to rally against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, in Chicago. The Republican push to replace the Affordable Care Act was revived by a small change to their plan designed to combat concerns over coverage for those with pre-existing health conditions. But experts say the change, which helped the bill squeak through the House of Representatives, Thursday, May 4, 2017, may be too small to make much difference in the hunt for affordable coverage for these patients. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

People took to social media Friday to criticize the American Health Care Act for taking away Obamacare’s assurances of coverage for pre-existing conditions.

The AHCA narrowly passed in a vote in the House of Representatives on Thursday. It will go to a vote in the Senate before returning to the House to become law.

People used the hashtag “#IAmAPreExistingCondition” to highlight scores of diseases, syndromes, mental health disorders and even pregnancy that would be considered uninsurable under AHCA.

Others posted lists of dozens of pre-existing conditions that constitute denial of coverage.

One such list is a 2016 report by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, based on data from the National Health Interview Survey and the behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

The list was made from reports of people denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions prior to the Affordable Care Act.

In the report, the Kaiser Family Foundation “conservatively” estimates that 27 percent of Americans under the age of 65 — or 52 million people — are disqualified from obtaining individual market coverage based on a pre-existing condition.

The conditions list includes: AIDS/HIV, Alcohol abuse/drug abuse with recent treatment, Alzheimer’s/dementia, Arthritis, fibromyalgia, other inflammatory joint disease, cancer within some period of time (around 10 years), cerebral palsy, congestive heart failure, coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgery, Crohn’s disease/ulcerative colitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/emphysema, Diabetes, epilepsy, hemophilia, Hepatitis C, Kidney disease, renal failure, lupus, mental disorders — bipolar, eating disorders, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, obesity, organ transplant, paraplegia, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, pending surgery or hospitalization, pneumocystis pneumonia, pregnancy or expectant parent, sleep apnea, stroke, transsexualism.

A copy of the list, as well as a list of declinable medications and occupations, circulated Friday on Facebook and Twitter. Continue reading

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